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TOWN DOCUMENTS. 



FORTY-SIXTH 

ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

TOWN OF SWAMPSCOTT, MASS. 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 1898. 




Lynn, Mass: 
PRESS OF G. H. & A. L NICHOLS,, 
1898. 



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TOWN DOCUMENTS. 



[Feb. 28 



Index. 



REPORTS OF COMIVIITTEES, TOWN OFFICIALS AND 
PUBLIC PROPERTY. 



Auditor's Remarks 196 

Cemetery, Superintendent's Report 127 

^^^ire Engineer's Report 117 

Health, Board of, Report 110 

Inspector of Provisions, etc., Report 115 

Jurors, List of 73 

- — Library Trustee's Report 109 

Milk Inspector's Report 116 

Park Commissioners' Report 106 

—Police Report 121 

Public Property, Scliedule of 12 

School Committee's Report 80 

Selectmen's Report 74 

Sewerage Committee's Report 132 

Special Committees 11 

Standing Committees . 10 

Street Light Committee's Report 129 

Street Numbering Committee's Report 114 

Surveyor of Highways' Report 124 

Town Clerk's Records 18 

Town Clerk's Statistics 58 

Town Officers Appointed . . . , . = . . 6 

Town Officers Elected 4 

Truant Officer's Report 105 



1898.] INDEX. 3 



Index. 

FINANCIAL REPORTS. 



Assessors' Valuation 190 

Atlantic Avenue Grade 162 

Assessors' Map 164 

Catch Basins and Gutters 159 

Cemetery Department 182 

Chemical Laboratory 144 

Concrete and Curbstones 161 

Engine House Repairs 151 

Essex Street Fence 159 

Financial Standing of Town 195 

Fire Alarm Box 150 

Fire Department 145 

Fire Ladders 151 

—-Free Public Library 173 

Future Water Supply Committee 184 

Health Department 162 

Highway Department 152 

Hose House 151 

Humphrey Street Drain 158 

Interest 186 

King Street Extension 155 

Memorial Day 166 

Military Aid 182 

Monument Lot, Care of 165 

Notes Payable ; 194 

Park 166 

Phillips School Medal Fund 144 

Police Department 168 

Poor Department 173 

Proctor Lot 168 

Eedington Street Ledge 157 

Recapitulation 191 

Ringing Bell 171 

School Department 140 

Selectmen's Depertment 134 

Sidewalk Department 160 

Soldiers' and Sailors' Xid 178 

Statistics of the Town 193 

Street Light 165 

Street Crossings 156 

Street Numbering •. 172 

Street Watering 183 

State Aid 180 

Tax Collector's Account 187 

Treasurer's Account 188 

Town Hall Department 170 

Town Warrant 197 

Water Rates 162 

Weights 172 

Whales Beach 164 



SV/AMPSCOTT PUSLIC LIBRARif 



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TOWN DOCUMENTS. 



[Feb. 28 



Elected Town Officers. 



Moderator. 
John R. Mekritt. 

Selectmen. 
WiLMOT R. Hastings, Chairman, 
James H. Moulton. George T. Melzard.. 

Town ClerJc. 
George T. Till. 

Treasurer. 
Benjamin O. Honors. 

Collector of Taxes. 
Michael P. Carroll. 

Auditors. 
Jay C. Merritt, Chairman. 
Edward A. Maxfield, Secretary. Herman F. Ashton. 

Assessors. 

Term ends 

Gilbert Delano, 1898. 

Term ends Term ends 

D. Holman Millett, 1899. Peleg Gardner, 1900. 



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ELECTED TOWN OFFICERS. 



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^School Committee. 

Terra ends 

Edwin M. Bailey, 1898. 

Term ends Term ends 

Eldridge F. Small, 1899. Frank E. Ingalls, 1900. 



Public Library Trustees. 

Term ends 

Frank F. Stanley, 1898. 

Term ends Term ends 

Frank E. Ingalls, 1899. James E. Peasley, 1900. 

Parh Commissioners. 

Term ends 

Robert B. Wardwell, 1898. 

Term ends Term ends 

Benjamin Potter, 1899. Edward H. Kitfield, 1900. 

Overseers of the Poor. 

Term ends 

Joseph F. Crowell, 1898. 

Term ends Term ends 

T. B. P. Curtis, 1899. Michael P. Carroll, 1900. 

Board of Health. 

Term ends 

John I. Adams, 1898. 

Term ends Term ends 

Edwin F. Wiley, 1899. Willis E. Doughtv, 1900. 

*^ 

Surveyor of Highways. 
James P. M. S. Pitman. 

Constables. 
Samuel T. Harris. 
Richard G. Gilley. Jefferson G. Owens. 



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[Feb. 28 



Appointed Town Officers. 



Secretary of Selectmen, 
Geoege T. Till. 

Town Counsel. 
NiLES & Carr. 

Librarian of Public Library. 
Miss S. L. Honors. 

Assistant Librarians. 



Edith Farnum. 

Engineers of Fire Department. 
E. Gerry Emmons, Chief. 



Town Forester. * 
J. P. M. S. Pitman. 

Regular Police. 
Seth C. Kendrick, Chief. 



Howard G. Ellis. 



Roy E. Crane. 



John E. Melzard. 



Frank H. Bassett. 



John C. Whorf. 
Charles A. Dunlap. 



Adelbert S. Hammond. 
John B. Crowell. 



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APPOINTED TOWN OFFICERS. 



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Superintendent of Cemetery. 
Nathan M. Harris. 

Superintendent of Burial of Deceased Soldiers and Sailors. 
John I. Adams. 

Care of Monument Lot. 
Joseph W. Glass. 

Inspector of Provisions^ and Animals intended for Slaughter 
or kept for production of Milk. 
George Newhall. 

Milk Inspector. 
Charles E. Harris. 

Field Driver. 
James K. Carroll, 

Pound Keeper. 
Jefferson G. Owens. 

Town Weigher. 
Theophilus W. Brackett. 

Fence Viewers. 

Gilbert Delano. Peleg Gardner, 

Surveyor of Lumber and Measurer of Wood and Dark. 
Fred H. Eastman. 

Sealer of Weights and Measures. 
George W. Harris. 



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[Feb. 28 



J3ell lUnger aiid Flag Raiser. 
Joseph W. Glass, 



Secretary of the Overseers of the Poor. 
Mrs. L. E. Kendrick. 

Secretary of Board of Health. 
Wilbur B. Adams. 



Agent of Town Hall. 
George T. Till. 



Janitor of Town Hall. 
James A. Mott. 



Registrars of Voters. 

Term ends 

J. William Thurston, 1898. 

Term ends . Term ends 

Ernest B. Thing, 1899. David W. Nisbett, 1900. 

George T. Till. 

( Ex-offlcio. ) * 

Inspectors Election^ March 15, 1897. 
Benjamin F. Rich. Andrew Olsen. 

Republican. Democrat. 

Tellers of Election, March 15, 1897. 
George W. Corson. Frank V. Porter. 

WiLLARD M. Hatch. Edmund Russell. 

H. Byron Martin. Sidney M. Shattuck. 

Oscar F. Morris. Frank D. Thurston. 

Inspectors Election, November 2, 1897. 
Benjamin F. Rich. James T. Lyons. 

Frank H. Bradford, D. Insp. H. Byron Martin, D. Insp. 

Republican. 



APPOINTED TOWN OFFICERS. 



Tellers of Election^ November 2, 1897. 



Charles T. Jackson. 
Frank Y. Porter. 
John G. Stanley. 
Edgar M. Tuttle. 

Republican. 



Oscar F. Morris. 
Edward H. Thomas. 
Andrew Olsen. 
Abram G. Stone. 

Democrat. 



Seth C. Kendrick. 
John C. Whorf. 



Constables. 



Charles H. Dunlap. 
Adelbert C. Hammond. 



Keeper of Lockup. 
Seth C. Kendrick. 



Special 

Richard G. Gilley. 
Michael FIaley. 
George R. Hussey. 
James A. Mott. 
T. Frank Widger. 
J. P. M. S. Pitman. 
Joseph W. Glass. 
Jefferson G. Owens. 
William D. Hutt. 
Charles S. Lewis. 
Joseph D. Spinney. 
George Newhall. 
John T. Bird. 

Angus Su 



Police. 

Melvin W. Burdette. 
Rodney A. Douglass. 
Silas B. Carr. 
L. W. Pickard. 
Daniel J. Kane. 
Thomas Thumitii. 
James W. Burnette. 
George M. Connor. 
Allen F. Holbrook. 
Lewis F. Amazeen. 
George H. Reed. 
Samuel D Eaton. 
William H. Oxton. 
therland. 



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Standing Committees. 



Committee on Street Light. 
Aaron R. Bunting. Edwin A. Farnham. 

John R. Merritt. Martin L. Quinn. 

Frank L. Bonney. 

Committee on Assessors^ Map. 
John Chapman. 
^Daniel P. Stimpson. D. Holman Millett. 



*Deceased. 

Committee on Future Water Supply. 

Eldridge F. Small. Arthur F. Foster. 

Aaron R. Bunting. Martin E. Nies. 

Edward H. Kitfield. Peleg Gardner. 

George Albree. Wilmot R. Hastings. 

James H. Moulton. George T. Melzard. 

Committee on Seicerage. 

Frank E. Ingalls. Edmund Russell. 

Edward H. Kitfield. Peleg Gardner 

Kendall Pollard. Andrew L. Harris. 

Aaron R. Bunting. Isaac H. Andrews. 

D. Holman Millett. Robert B. Wakdwell. 

H. Gushing Bulfinch. Benjamin P. Potter. 

Eldridge F. Small. James H. Moulton. 

Eben N. Wardwell. Edwin A. Farnham. 



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SPECIAL COMMITTEE. 



Special Committee. 



, Committee to Purchase Land for Cemetery, 

James H. Moulton. George T. Melzard. 

WiLMOT R. Hastings. Peleg Gardner. 

D. HOLMAN MiLLETT. GiLBERT DeLANO. 



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[Feb. 28 



Schedule of Public Property. 



Town Hall and land 


114,000 00 




3,000 00 




50,000 00 




5,000 00 




3,000 00 




200 00 




200 00 




25 00 




75 00 


Standard weights and measures . . . , 


100 00 




20 00 




75 00 


SCHOOL DEPARTMENT. 


Phillips School and land ....... 


$57,000 00 


Redington Street School and land . . 


. 5,000 00 




4,000 00 




4,500 00 


Essex Street School and land . . 


. 4,000 00 




2,000 00 


Land Essex Street, opposite Cemetery 


300 00 




1,900 00 




400 00 




2,300 00 




800 00 



175,695 00 



$82,200 00 



Amount carried forward^ 



$157,895 00 



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Amount brought forward^ $157,895 00 

CEMETERY DEPARTMENT. 

Receiving tomb 12,000 00 

Superintendent's building 500 00 

Implements 43 50 

$2,543 50 



POLICE DEPARTMENT. 





$32 


00 




30 


00 




29 


00 




Q 


00 




10 


00 


Fifteen helmets 


25 


00 




1 


00 


One lantern 


1 


00 




20 


00 


One cap 


3 


50 


Six belts . 


7 


50 


Two hundred sixty-five buttons . . . 


. 12 


50 



$180 50 



HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT. 



Stone crusher plant |2,500 00 

Gravel bank, Marblehead 500 00 

Storage building, New Ocean Street . . 400 00 

Land with same 400 00 

Street watering cart 408 00 

Victor road machine 150 00 

Five snow ploughs 156 00 

Tool house 25 00 



Amounts carried forward^ 



$4,539 00 $160,619 00 



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Amounts brought forward, 14,539 00 $160,619 00 

Tool box . 6 00 

Two sets double harness 87 00 

Two sets lead harnesses 21 00 

One cart harness 15 00 

Five horse collars . . ...... 15 00 

One four-wheel tip-cart 156 00 

One horse tip-cart . . . : 70 00 

One two-horse roller 225 UO 

Four street hoses • . . . . 2 00 

Four rakes 1 60 

Six drag rakes . ........ . 3 00 

Twenty snow shovels 10 00 

Four crow-bars • . . . . 4 00 

Twenty-two shovels 11 00 

Two mattocks . 5 00 

Five hammers 7 00 

Six stone points 1 00 

Ten hand drills 2 60 

T\^o frost-wedges 8 00 

Twenty-four picks 24 00 

Three pounders 3 00 

One wheelbarrow . ' 2 50 

Three sand pails 45 

Four sand scoops 60 

One tamping bar 1 00 

Ten lanterns • . . . 5 00 

One hundred feet hose ." 9 00 

One gravel screen 6 00 

Two brush hooks 1 50 

One bush scythe . 1 50 

One axe 1 00 

One steel rammer 6 75 

One dirt rammer 3 00 

One S. S. pump and hose 43 00 

One 37-ft. extension ladder 11 00 

$5,308 50 



Amount Carried forward^ 



$165,927 50 



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Amount brought forward^ 



$165,927 50 



FIRE DEPARTMENT. 



Engine house 

Land and storage buildings 

Land and hose house, Mountain Park . 

Steam fire engine 

Hose wagon 

2,500 feet cotton hose, .50 

600 feet cotton hose, damaged, .25 . . 

Ladder truck 

( 2 crow-bars, 9 ladders, hose straps, 
) 6 coal baskets, 6 hydrant wrenches . 

One 30-ft. ladder 

Two 25-ft. ladders 

One 22-ft. ladder 

One 20 ft. ladder 

Two 17-ft. ladders 

One 10-ft. ladder 

One 50-ft. extension ladder • 

Four fire hooks and poles 

Two axes 

Supply wagon 

Amounts Carried forward^ 



$5,750 00 
1,500 00 

500 00 
2,500 00 

450 00 
1,250 00 

150 00 



V 350 00 



75 00 



$12,525 00 $165,927 50 



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Amounts brought forward, $12,525 00 1165,927 50 

Hose reel and 2»00 feet hose, wrench 
and spanners, John Shepard's, At- 
lantic Avenue 200 00 



2 Hose reel and 300 feet hose, wrench 
^ and spanners, John Palmer's stable, 



y Humphrey Street 200 00 

o Hose reel and 300 feet hose, wrench 
^ and spanners, Lynn & Boston R.R. 

^ stable, Essex Street 200 00 

o Hose reel and 400 feet hose, wrench, 

< axe and spanners, Mountain Park . 225 00 

3 200 feet hose, wrench and spanners, 

Lincoln House 100 00 

250 feet hose, wrench and spanners, 

[ Evans & Cole's stable. Orient Street 125 00 

Fire alarm bell, Town Hall 800 00 

Eighteen fire alarm boxes 900 00 

Two fire alarm strikers. Town Hall and 

Congregational Church 550 00 

Two fire alarm strikers, engine house . 65 00 
Two gongs, engine house and chemical 

house 85 00 

Three tappers, engine house 35 00 

Two hand chemicals on hose wagon . . 50 00 
Two steam whistles, Marblehead Water 

Co 50 00 

Six horses 1,200 00 

Three sets of double swing harnesses . . 450 00 

One single swinging harness 25 00 

Eight horse blankets 16 00 

Hay and grain 25 00 

Furniture and bedding 70 00 

Supply for batteries 45 00 

Wood and coal 20 00 



Amounts carried forward, 



$17,961 00 $165,927-50 



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Amounts brought forward $17,961 00 $165,927 50 

One ladder hose pipe 15 00 

Five hose pipes 125 00 

Two extra nozzles 10 00 

Twenty-two spanners 5 50 

Two wagon jacks 5 00 

Four lanterns 6 00 

Twelve rubber coats 10 00 

Canvas life net 20 00 

Life sheets ' 35 00 

Two Siamese connections 20 00 

One shut-off nozzle 15 00 

One shut-off gate 20 00 

One plaster hook 3 00 

One repeater 300 00 

One tape register 75 00 

One indicator 100 00 

One nickel crowbar 4 00 

One patent hose collar 12 00 

Thirty-six feet suction hose 40 00 

Old ladders 25 00 

18,806 50 



$184,784 00 



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[Feb. 28 



Records of the Town Clerk. 



ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, MARCH 15, 1897. 

town warrant. 

Essex ss. 

To either of the Constables of the Town of Swampscott, in 
said County, Greeting : 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you 
are directed to notify the inhabitants of the Town of Swampscott 
qualified to vote in elections, and in Town affairs, to meet at the 
Town Hall in said Swampscott, on Monday, the fifteenth day of 
March, current, at six o'clock in the forenoon, then and there to 
act on the following Articles, viz. : 

Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside in said 
meeting. 

Art. 2. To choose a Town Clerk for one (1) year. 

To choose a Board of Selectmen for the year 
ensuing. 

To choose one member of the Board of Assessors 

for three (3) years. 
To choose a Town Treasurer for one (1) year. 
To choose a Collector of Taxes for the year 

ensuing. 

To choose one member of the School Committee 

for three (3) years. 
To choose one member of the Board of Trustees 

of the Public Library for three (3) years. 



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To choose a Board of Auditors for the year 
ensuing. 

To choose one Overseer of the Poor for three (3) 
years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Health for 

three (3) years. 
To choose a Surveyor of Highways for the year 

ensuing. 

To choose three Constables for the year ensuing. 
To choose a Parle Commissioner for three (3) 
years. 

All to be chosen on one ballot. 

Art. 3. To vote by ballot " Yes " or " No " upon the ques- 
tion : Shall Licenses be granted for the sale of Intoxicating 
Liquors in this Town ? 

Art. 4. To hear and act upon the reports of the Auditing 
Committee, the Board of Selectmen, the School Committee, the 
Board of Trustees of the Public Library, the Engineers of the 
Fire Department, the Superintendent of the Cemetery, the Board 
of Health, the Chief of Police, the Milk Inspector, the Committee 
on Street Lights, the Committee on Future Water Supply, the 
Committee on Assessors' Plans, the Committee on King Street, 
the Committee on Cemetery Improvement, the Surveyor of 
Highways, the Inspector of Cattle, Provisions, etc., the Com- 
mittee on Pine Street Tunnel, the Committee on Sewerage, the 
Committee to confer with the Street Railway Co. and the Park 
Commissioners. 

Art. 5; To raise such sums of money as may be necessary 
to defray Town charges for the ensuing year, and make appropri- 
ations therefor. 

Art. 6. To see if the Town will accept the list of names 
for Jurors as prepared and posted by the Selectmen. 

Art. 7. To see what amount of bonds will be required of 
the Town Treasurer for the current year. 



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Art. 8. To see if the Town will authorize the Treasurer, 
wdth the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to borrow money 
in anticipation of Taxes. 

Art. 9. To see w^iat amount of bonds will be required of 
the Collector of Taxes for the year ensuing. 

Art. 10. To see what action the Town will take in regard 
to the regulation of salaries of Town officials for the ensuing 
year. 

Art. 11. To see what action the Town will take in regard 
to the collection of taxes, and what rate of discount, if any, will 
be allowed for prompt payment on or before a certain date. 

Art. 12. To see if the Town will appropriate the sum of 
one hundred ($100) dollars, to be placed in the hands of James L. 
Bates' Post 118, G. A. R., towards defraying the expenses of 
Memorial Day. 

Art. 13. 'To see if the Town will direct the removal of the 
ledge from Redington Street, between Rockland and King Streets, 
and adjust the grade to facilitate travel over the hill, and appro- 
priate money therefor agreeable to the petition of George A. 
Jackson and others. 

Art. 14. To see if the Town will appropriate the sum of 
two hundred and fifty ($250) dollars in connection with the regu- 
lar appropriation for the Fire Department, for .the purpose of 
maintaining a Hose Company at Mountain Park, and also to com- 
plete the hose house built by the Town in that section, agreeable 
to the petition of Silas B. Carr and others. 

Art. 15. To see what action the Town will take towards 
numbering the streets of the Town, on a basis of twenty-five feet 
frontage, and appropriate money for the same, agreeable to the 
petition of Fredd O. Thompson and Others. 

Art. 16. To see if the Town will appropriate the sum of 
three thousand ($3,000) dollars to purchase the piece of land on 
the corner of Burrill Street and Clareniont Terrace, adjoining 
the Town Hall lot, agreeable to the petition of Samuel L. Cros- 
man and others. 



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Art. 17. To see if the Town will accept and adopt Chapter 
186, Section 1, Acts of March 27, 1895, agreeable to the petition 
of W. A. Stubbs and others. 

Art. 18. To see if the Town will request the Board of 
Park Commissioners to take no further action towards the 
building of a park in Swampscott until our next Annual 
Town Meeting in March, 1898, agreeable to the petition of 
Thomas E. Stone and others. 

Art. 19. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum 
of money, not to exceed twenty-five dollars, ($25) to be expended 
under the direction of the Selectmen, for the purpose of ringing 
the Town Hall bell and raising the National flag on the staff on 
each and every Town Meeting day, 4th of July, Washington's 
Birthday, and at such other times as the board may deem proper, 
agreeable to the petition of Everett Boynton and others. 

Art. 20. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum 
of money sufficient for the payment of the completed work of 
the survey of the Town, with maps for the use of the Board of 
Assessors, agreeable to the petition of the Committee on Survey 
and Maps. 

Art. 21. To see if the Town will appropriate the sum of 
fifty dollars, (150) to clear off the rubbish that may collect on 
Wales Beach, from June 1 to October 1, 1897, agreeable to the 
petition of William R. Blaney and others. 

Art. 22. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of 
money to place a fire alarm box at the junction of Glen Road and 
Humphrey Street, agreeable to the petition of John Gannon and 
others. 

Art. 23. To see if the Town will construct a stone cross- 
ing across Phillips Street, at the junction of Humphrey Street, 
and appropriate money for the same, agreeable to the petition of 
Frank E. Ingalls and others. 

Art. 24. To see if the Town will construct a stone crossing 
on Redington Street, at the corner of Blaney Street, and appro- 
priate money for the same, agreeable to the petition of A. L. 
Pierce and others. 



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Art. 25. To see if the Town will erect an electric arc light 
at the corner of Greenwood Street and King Street extension, 
and appropriate money for the same, agreeable to the petition of 
W. A. Delory and others. 

Art. 26. To see if the Town will locate two (2) incandes- 
cent electric lights on Atlantic Avenue, one near house known as 
Marina on the Phillips estate, and one near the road going to the 
beach on the Palmer estate, and appropriate money for the same. 
Also, to see if the Town will establish proper bounds for street 
grade on Atlantic Avenue agreeable to the petition of David K. 
Phillips and others. 

Art. 27. To see if the Town will erect an electric arc light 
near the residence of Charles Knowles, and appropriate money for 
the same, agreeable to the petition of James E. Phillips and 
others. 

Art. 28. To see if the Town will erect an electric arc light 
near the corner of Walker and Grant Roads, and appropriate 
money for the same, agreeable to the petition of John S. Hurley 
and others. 

Art. 29. To see if the Town will construct a fire escape on 
the Phillips School building, and appropriate money for the 
same, agreeable to the petition of Benjamin F. Rich and others. 

Art. 30. To see if the Committee on Salaries will take into 
consideration the amount of work done by the Inspector of Pro- 
visions and Animals the past year, and make a suitable appro- 
priation for the present year, agreeable to the petition of James 
E. Phillips and others. 

Art. 31. To see whether the Town will vote to instruct 
the Board of Selectmen to petition the State Legislature in aid of 
the petitions and special report of the Massachusetts Highway 
Commission now pending before the Committee on Roads and 
Bridges, that a State highway be constructed between Boston and 
Newburyport over the North Shore route, so called, as described 
in said report, with such modifications of said plan as may be 
deemed advisable. 



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Art. 32. To see if the Town will construct two street 
crossings, one on Burrill Street opposite the store of J. L. Caverly, 
and one on Raih'oad Avenue, opposite the same estate, agreeable 
to the petition of the Selectmen. 

The polls to be closed at 5.30 p. m. 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting 
attested copies thereof at the Town Hall, Depot, Post Office and 
three other public and conspicuous places in the Town, seven 
days at least before the time of holding said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this Warrant, with 
your doings thereon, to the Town Clerk, at the time and place of 
meeting as aforesaid. 

Given under our hands, this fourth day of March, in the year 
One thousand eight hundred and ninety- seven. 



Pursuant to the within Warrant to me directed, I have 
notified the inhabitants of the Town of Swampscott, qualified as 
herein expressed, to meet at the time and place and for the pur- 
poses herein mentioned, by posting up attested copies of said 
W^arrant at the Town Hall, Depot, Post Office and nine other 
public and conspicuous places in said Swampscott, on Saturday, 
March 6, 1897, the posting of said notices being seven days be- 
fore the time of said meeting. 



GEORGE A. R. HORTON, 
GEORGE A. HEATH, 
CLARENCE B. DELANO, 




A true copy. Attest : 



Constable. 



RETURN ON THE WARRANT. 



SAMUEL T. HARRIS, 

Constable of Swampscott. 



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[Feb. 28 



ANNUAL MEETING, MARCH 15, 1897. 



In accordance with the foregoing Warrant the inhabitants 
of the Town of Swampscott, qualified to vote in elections, met in 
the Town Plall on Monday, March 15, 1897, and were called to 
order at 6 o'clock a. m., by the Town Clerk, who read the War- 
rant, calling said meeting and the return thereon of the ofiicer 
who served it upon the inhabitants. 

Art. 1. To choose a Moderator. 

The polls were declared open for the reception of votes for 
Moderator. 

Voted^ To close the polls for choice of Moderator at 6.40 

A. M. 

There were three hundred and ten ballots cast for Moderator 
as follows : 

John R. Merritt, 171, elected; Fred C. Marsh, 139. 

John R. Merritt was immediately qualified for the duties of 
Moderator by the Town Clerk. 

The ballot box was shown to be empty, the register denoting 
000 ; the Moderator then declared the polls open for balloting for 
Town Officers; the keys to the ballot box were delivered to 
Samuel T. Harris, the Constable in charge. 

The Town Clerk had prepared ballots as follows : 

General ballots, 1350 ; special ballots, 75 ; specimen ballots, 25. 

The package containing the ballots was delivered to the 
Ballot Clerks, Benjamin F. Rich, (Rep.) Inspector; Andrew 
Olsen, (Dem.), Inspector; who had been appointed by the 
Selectmen, and qualified for their duties by the Town Clerk; 
they receipted therefor. 

Cards of Instruction and penalties, also specimen ballots 
were posted inside and outside the polling place as required by 
the laws of the Commonwealth. 

The Selectmen appointed Sidney M. Shattuck, Willard M. 
Hatch, H. Byron Martin, Frank D. Thurston, Oscar F. Morris, 
Edmund Russell, Frank V. Porter and Stephen P. Hurd to serve 



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as tellers; Stephen P. Hurd did not appear and the Moderator 
appointed George W. Corson to serve in his place. 

The tellers were all qualified for their duties by the Town 
Cleric. 

The ballot box was opened several times by the Moderator 
for the purpose of counting the votes. At the close of the polls 
the register of the ballot box stood at 715; there were seven 
hundred and eight (708) general ballots, and three (3) special bal- 
lots cast. The number &t checks on the voting lists agreed with 
the number of ballots cast. 

The polls were closed at 5.30 p. m. 

Voted. That we adjourn to to-morrow evening at 7.30 
o'clock. 

The result of the balloting for Town Officers was announced 
at 6.15 p. M. as follows : 

For Selectmen — Clarence B. Delano, 284; Wilmot R. Hast- 
ings, 320, elected ; George A. Heath, 290 ; George A. R. Horton 
301 ; George T. Melzard, 326, elected ; James H. Moulton, 384, 
elected; David W. Nisbett, 129; blanks, 87; scattering, 3. 

For Town Clerk — George T. Till, 612, elected; blanks, 
95 ; scattering, 1. 

For Treasurer — Benjamin O. Honors, 589, elected; blanks, 

119. 

For Collector of Taxes — Michael P. Carroll, 606, elected; 
blanks, 102. 

♦ For School Committee for three years — Frank E. Ingalls, 
560, elected ; blanks, 149 ; scattering, 2. 

For Overseer of Poor for three years — Michael P. Carroll, 
564, elected ; blanks, 144. 

For Assessor for three years — Isaac H. Andrews, 301; 
Peleg Gardner, 309, elected ; blanks, 98. 

For Surveyor of Highways — William Granger, 102; James 
P. M. S. Pitman, 435, elected ; John G. Twisden, 138 ; blanks, 33. 

For Member of Board of Health for three years — William H. 
Collins, 105; Willis E. Doughty, 293, elected; Richard G. 
Gilley, 224; blanks, 185. 



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For Trustee of Public Library for three years — James E. 
Peasley, 476, elected; blanks, 231; scattering, 1. 

For Park Commissioner for three years — Edward H. Kit- 
field, 322, elected; James E. O. Nisbett, 264; blanks, 122. 

For Auditors — Herman F. Ashton, 328, elected; L.Frank 
Gaboon, 286; John B. Earp, 304; Edward A. Maxfield, 325, 
elected ; Jay C. Merritt, 386, elected ; blanks, 495. 

For Constables — Richard G. Gilley, 353, elected; Samuel 
T. Harris, 441, elected; J. G. Owens, 1^, elected; blanks, 1,271 ; 
scattering, 43. 

LICENSE QUESTION. 

No, 444; Yes, 175; blanks, 89. 



Adjourned. 



Attest: GEO. T. TILL, 

Town Clerk. 



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ADJOURNED ANNUAL MEETING, MARCH 16, 1897. 



In accordance with the adjournment of the last meeting, the 
voters of the Town assembled at the Town Hall, on Tuesday 
evening, March 16, 1897. 

The meeting was called to order at 7.30 o'clock by John R. 
Merritt, Moderator. 

The records of the previous meeting were read and declared 
correct. 

Voted. To accept the Auditors' Report. 

A motion to lay Article 4 upon the table, and have recom- 
mendations taken up with articles in Warrant, was negatived. 

Voted. To accept all reports, and in so far as they contain 
recommendations, be taken up in their order for action. 

Voted. To act upon each appropriation recommended by 
the Selectmen separately. 

Voted. Art. 4. To appropriate for the several depart- 



ments, as follows : 

Selectmen's Department $4,500 00 

Highway Department 4,500 00 

School Department 16,000 00 

Health Department 2,000 00 

Police Department 4,500 00 

Poor Department 3,000 00 

Fire Department, receipts, etc 5,000 00 

Town Hall, receipts, etc 750 00 

Catch Basin and Gutter 500 00 

Sidewalk Department 1,000 00 

Concrete and Curbstone Department 500 00 

Library, dog tax, receipts, etc. . 450 00 

Care Monument Lot 35 00 

Memorial Day 100 00 

Soldiers' and Sailors' Aid 500 00 

Interest 3,800 00 

State Tax (estimated) 4,500 00 

County Tax (estimated) 5,500 00 



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Cemetery. Voted. That the appropriation for the Cemetery 

be laid upon the table and taken up with the recom- 
mendations of the Selectmen pertaining to the Ceme- 
tery. 

Water Rates. Voted. To lay upon the table the matter of an 
ap})ropriation for Water Rates until an adjourned 
meeting. 

f^o^r^st^eet^^'^ Fo^ec?. To appropriate the sura of 12,500 for 
Watering. Street Watering for the current year under the same 
plan as pursued for the past two years and at the dis- 
cretion of the Surveyor of Highways. 

Voted. To lay upon the table the recommenda- 
tion of the Selectmen in regard to Mountain Park 
Hose House, to be taken up with Art. 14. 
Cemetery. Voted. • To lay upon the table the recommenda- 

tion of the Selectmen pertaining to the Cemetery un- 
til the report of the Cemetery Committee is reached. 

A motion was made to accept Middlesex and 
Norfolk Avenues as laid out by the Selectmen as per 
report and plan filed with the Town Clerk. 

Voted. To lay upon the table to be acted upon 
at some future time. 

By request, that part of the report of the Com- 
mittee on Future Water Supply pertaining to their 
investigations was read. 

^ Voted. To lay upon the table the last part of 
the Selectmen's Report, entitled recommendations, to 
be taken up with articles in the Warrant relating to 
the same. 

Moved. That Aaron R. Bunting, Edward H. 
Kitfield, George Albree and the Board of Selectmen, 
be a committee to take immediate action towards 
securing for the Town a supply of soft water. 

That said committee be and is hereby instructed 
to at once confer with the Public Water Board of Lynn 
to see whether the Town can secure a supply from 
Lynn for a term of one year from the expiration of 



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our present water contract with the Marblehead 
Water Company, with privilege of renewal for a period 
not exceeding five years, and on what terms. 

That said committee be and is hereby authorized 
in case it appears that a supply can be obtained on 
favorable terms, to prepare in conjunction with the 
Lynn Water Board, the most favorable form of con- 
tract that can be secured in the interest of the Town. 

That the committee be and is hereby instructed 
to negotiate with the Marblehead Water Company to 
see on what terms the said company will sell to the 
Town such of its pipes as the Town ^may desire to 
purchase. 

That the committee be and is hereby instructed 
to report at an adjourned meeting if possible, or at a 
special Town Meeting called for the purpose at the 
earliest practicable day, such form of contract as they 
may be able to prepare with the Lynn Water Board ; 
also to report at the same time as to terms of pur- 
chase that may be made with said Marblehead Water 
Company, as above suggested ; this report, with rec- 
ommendations, to be submitted for such action as the 
Town may desire to take. 

A motion to lay the Water Question on the table 
until next Friday night was negatived. 

Martin E. Nies gave notice that he having voted 
in the negative, should move a reconsideration at a 
future meeting. 

George A. Crosman moved that a reconsideration 
be had at the present time. 

Martin E. Nies withdrew his notice of a motion 
to reconsider. 

Voted. To adjourn at 10 p. m. until to-morrow 
(Wednesday) evening at 7.30 o'clock. 

Attest : GEO. T. TILL, 



Town Clerk. 



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[Feb. 28 



ADJOURNED ANNUAL MEETING, 
MARCH 17, 1897. 



In accordance with the foregoing adjournment 
the voters of the Town assembled at the Town Hall 
on Wednesday evening, March 17, 1897. 

The meeting was called to order at 7.30 o'clock 
by John R. Merritt, Moderator. 

The records of the last meeting were read and 
declared correct. 

Voted. That Aaron R. Bunting, Edward H. Kit- 
field, George Albree, Eldridge F. Small, Arthur F. 
Foster, Peleg Gardner, Martin E. Nies and the Board 
of Selectmen, be a committee to take immediate action 
towards securing for the Town a supply of soft water. 

That said committee be and is hereby instructed 
to at once confer with the Public Water Board of Lynn 
to see whether the Town can secure a supply from 
Lynn for a term of one year from the expiration of 
our present water contract with the Marblehead Water 
Company, with privilege of renewal for a period not 
exceeding five years, and on what terms. 

The said committee be and is hereby authorized 
in case it appears that a supply can be obtained on 
favorable terms, to prepare, in conjunction with the 
Lynn Water Board, the most favorable form of 
contract that can be secured in the interest of the 
Town. 

That the committee be and is hereby instructed 
to negotiate with the Marblehead Water Company to 
see on what terms the said Company will sell to the 
Town such of its pipes as the Town may desire to 
purchase. 

That the committee be and is hereby instructed 
to report at an adjourned meeting if possible, or at a 
special Town Meeting called for the purpose at the 
earliest practicable day, such form of contract as they 



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may be able to prepare with the Lynn Water Board ; 
also to report at the same time as to terms of purchase 
that may be made with said Marblehead Water 
Company, as above suggested; this report, with rec- 
ommendations, to be submitted for such action as the 
Town may desire to take. 

Peleg Gardner stated that he declined to serve on 
the Future Water Supply Committee, but the meeting 
voted to not accept his declination. 

Voted. To refer to the School Committee the 
matter as contained in their report which recommends 
a special appropriation for a chemical laboratory, the 
committee to report as to cost of same at an adjourned 
meeting. 

Voted. To take up the report of the Cemetery Purchase of 

^ . Land for 

Improvement Committee. Cemetery. 

Voted. That the Cemetery Committee be in- 
structed to see Mr. Southwick and purchase the 
property in his hands provided it can be purchased at 
a reasonable figure, with a clear title. 

Voted. To refer the recommendation of the 
Sealer of Weights and Measures in regard to the 
Town furnishing a suitable number of standard 
weights to the Selectmen, to be reported upon at an 
adjourned meeting. 

Voted. To appropriate $7,500 for the mainten- Appropriati'n 
ance of Street Lights for the ensuing year. street Lights. 

Voted. That the minority report of the Street 
Light Committee be accepted and adopted, also the 
majority report in so far as it relates to appropriation 
and location of lights. 

Voted. That the Street Light Committee for street Light 
the current year be — Aaron R. Bunting, Edwin A. 
Farnham, John R. Merritt, Frank L. Bonney and 
Martin L. Quinn. 

George A. Heath, D. Holman Millett and Samuel 
F. Crosman were each elected to serve on Street 
Light Committee, and each declined to serve. 



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[Feb. 28 



Sewerage 
Committee. 



Voted. To refer to the Selectmen the recom- 
mendation of the Surveyor of Highways regarding 
the re-building of wall and fence, they to report as to 
cost of same at an adjourned meeting. 

Voted. Art. 6. To accept the following as a 
List of Jurors : 



JOHN I. ADAMS. 
ISAAC H. ANDREWS. 
HERMAN F. ASHTON. 
JAMES F. BLANEY. 
LEWIS G. CLAHK. 
WILLIAM H. COLLINS. 
GEORGE M. CONNER. 
WILLIAM C. COW DREY. 
JOSEPH F. CROWELL. 
THOS. B. P. CURTIS. 
CHARLES ROWELL. 
EDMUND RUSSELL. 
CHARLES E. EYANS. 
JOHN C. THOMAS. 
FRANK D. THURSTON. 
CHARLES A. HORTON. 
JOHN H. FARWELL. 



CHARLES J. JACKSON. 
GEORGE H. LAMPARD. 
JOHN R. MERRITT. 
STEPHEN D. MORRIS. 
FRED C. MARSH. 
JAMES E. O. NISBETT. 
JAMES E. PHILLIPS. 
BENJAMIN F. RICH. 
EDWARD S. RICH. 
GILBERT DELANO. 
KODNEY A. DOUGLASS. 
ENOCH S. EASTMAN. 
PELEG GARDNER. 
MICHAEL HALEY. 
GEORGE C. WEBSTER. 
EDWIN F. WILEY. 
JOSEPH W. GLASS. 
GEORGE W. CORSON. 



JOSEPH H. PIERCE. 

Voted. To take up the report of Sewerage 
Committee. 

Voted. To appoint a Sewerage Committee of 
fifteen members to investigate and report at the next 
following Annual Town Meeting, or some Town Meet- 
ing prior thereto, the result of its investigation and 
make such recommendations upon all matters relating 
to Sewerage that such committee sees fit. 



SEWERAGE 

AAKON R. BUNTING. 
EDWARD H. KITFIELD. 
D. HOLMAN MILLETT. 
H. CUSHING BULFINCH 
FRANK E. INGALLS. 
ELD RIDGE F. SMALL. ' 
EBEN N. WARD WELL. 
EDWIN A. FARNHAM. 



COMMITTEE. 

PELEG GARDNER. 
ANDREW L. HARRIS. 
ISAAC H. ANDREWS. 
. ROBT. B. WARDWELL. 
BENJAMIN POTTER. 
KENDALL POLLARD. 
EDMUND RUSSELL. 
JAMES H. MOULTON. 



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Voted. That Samuel F. Crosman have the privi- 
lege of the floor to discuss the Sewerage Question. 

Motion. To indefinitely postpone the matter of 
Pine Street tunnel. 

Voted. To lay upon the table the matter of pro- 
posed Pine Street tunnel. 

Voted. Art. 7. That the required amount of 
the Treasurer's bond be $10,000. 

Voted. Art. 8. To accept and adopt the follow- Temporary 
ing resolution : That for the purpose of procuring a 
temporary loan to and for the use of the Town of 
Swampscott, in anticipation of the taxes of the present 
municipal year, the Town Treasurer is hereby author- 
ized and directed to borrow, from lime to time, with 
the approval of the Board of Selectmen, a sum or 
sums in the aggregate amounting to thirty thousand 
dollars, and to execute and deliver the note or notes 
of the Town therefor, payable within one year from 
the time the loan is made, with interest thereon at a 
rate not exceeding six percent, per annum. Any debt 
or debts incurred by a loan or loans to the Town under 
this vote shall be paid from the taxes of the present 
municipal year. (Unanimous.) 

Voted. Art. 9. That the amount of bond to be 
required of Collector of Taxes be $5,000. 

Voted. Art. 10. That the salaries of Town salaries, 
officials be same as last year. 

Voted. Art. 11. To allow two per cent, dis- Discount 
count on all taxes paid on or before October 1, the 
present year. 

Voted. To refer Art. 13 to the Selectmen and 
Surveyor of Highways, report and recommendations 
to be made at the adjourned meeting. 

Voted. To leave Art. 30 to the Selectmen. 

Voted. To take up Art. 18. 

A motion to accept and adopt Art. 18 was 
negatived. 



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[Feb. 28 



Yoted. At 9.45 to adjourn to fo-morrow (Thurs- 
day) evening at 7.30 o'clock. 

Attest : 

GEO. T. TILL, 

Town Clerk. 



ADJOURNED ANNUAL MEETING, 
MARCH 18, 1897. 



Mountain 
Park 

Hose House. 



Street 
Numbering. 



Purchase of 
Proctor Lot. 



In accordance with the foregoing adjournment, 
the voters of the Town assembled at the Town Hall 
on Thursday evening, March 18, 1897. 

The meeting was called to order at 7.30 o'clock 
by John R. Merritt, Moderator. 

The records of the last meeting were read and 
declared approved. 

Yoted. Art. 14. To appropriate $250 for the 
purpose of maintaining a Hose Company at Mountain 
Park and completing the hose house, under the direc- 
tion of the Board of Engineers. 

Voted. Art. 15. To appropriate $225, to be 
used for the purpose of numbering the streets of the 
Town, on a basis of twenty-five feet frontage, under 
the direction of the Board of Assessors, and that the 
work be entered upon by April 1st, if possible. 

Voted. Art. 16. To instruct the Selectmen to 
purchase the Proctor Lot, so-called, at the corner of 
Burrill Street and Claremont Terrace, and appropriate 
the sum of $3,000 for the same, and that the Town 
Treasurer, under the direction of the Board of 
Selectmen, be authorized to borrow said sum of 
$3,000 giving the notes -of the Town therefor, said 
notes to be payable in not less than eight years. 
(Unanimous.) 

Voted. Art. 17. To grant petitioners leave to 
withdraw. 



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Voted. Art. 19. To accept and adopt Art. 19, 
appropriating $25 therefor. 

Voted. Art. 20. To appropriate the sum of^urvey^ 
11,600 for the payment of the completed work of the with Maps, 
survey of the Town, with maps for the use of the 
Assessors. 

Voted. Art. 21. To appropriate the sum of^e^^ning 
$50, to be used under the direction of the Board of ^each. 
Health, for the purpose of clearing off rubbish that 
may collect on Whales' Beach during summer months. 

Voted. Art. 22. To refer the matter of a Fire 
Alarm box at the junction of Glen Road and Hum- 
phrey Street to the Board of Engineers, they to report 
as to cost at the adjourned meeting. 

Voted, Art. 23. To construct a Stone Cross- 
ing at the junction of Humphrey Street across Phillips 
Street. 

Voted. Art. 24. To refer the matter of a Stone 
Crossing on Redington Street, at the corner of Blaney 
Street, to the Selectmen, they to report as to cost of 
same at the adjourned meeting. 

Voted. To adopt the following resolution : 

RESOLUTION". 
Whereas, Action taken by the Park Commission- 
ers, that apparently works injury to divers citizens of 
the Town, and 

Whereas, said Commissioners are powerless un- 
der the law to remedy the same, 

Be it Resolved., That our Representative in the 
Great and General Court be requested to introduce a 
bill at this session, if possible, to so amend the Park 
Acts that the Commissioners of Swampscott may be 
authorized to award consequential damages to parties 
suffering such damage by reason of their acts. 

Voted. To refer all matters pertaining to Street 
Lights — Articles 25, 26, 27, 28, — to the Street Light 



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[Feb. 28 



Committee, to be reported upon at the adjourned 
meeting. 

Voted. To appropriate the sum of $325 for the 
purpose of repairing the Engine House ; also to appro- 
priate the sum of $255 for a new set of ladders, as 
recommended in Report of Engineers, all to be done 
under the direction of the Board of Engineers. 

Voted. That the last part of Art. 26, in regard 
to establishing proper bounds for street grade on At- 
lantic Avenue, be referred to the Selectmen. 

Voted. That the recommendations under the 
head of Water Supply, in the Report of the En- 
gineers, be referred to the engineers, to be brought up 
at the adjourned meeting. 

Voted. Art. 29. To refer the matter of a fire 
escape on the Phillips School building to the School 
Committee, they to report on the same at the ad- 
journed meeting. 

Voted. Art. 31. That the Town instruct the 
Board of Selectmen to petition the State Legislature 
in aid of the petitions and special report of the Massa- 
chusetts Highway Commission, now pending before 
the Committee on Roads and Bridges, that a State 
Highway be constructed between Boston and New- 
buryport over the North Shore route, so-called, as 
described in said report. 

Voted. To refer Art. 32, which petitions for 
Street Crossings at the store of J. L. Caverly, to the 
Selectmen, to be reported upon at the adjourned 
meeting. 

Voted. That when we adjourn, it be to Thursday 
evening, April 15th, at 7.30 p.m. 

Voted. To adjourn at 9.05 p. m. 

Attest : 

GEO. T. TILL, 

Town Clerk. 



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ADJOURNED ANNUAL MEETING, 
APRIL, 15th, 1897. 



In accordance with the previous adjournment the 
voters of the Town assembled at the Town Plall on 
Thursday evening, April 15, 1897. 

The meeting was called to order hy John R. Mer- 
ritt, Moderator at 7.35 o'clock. 

The records of the last meeting were read and de- 
clared approved. 

Voted. To appropriate $650 for the Cemetery Appropriati'n 

for Cemetery. 

as recommended by the Selectmen. 

Voted. To appropriate 1750 for Water Rates as Appropriati'n 
recommended by the Selectmen. Water Rates. 

J^oted. To lay on the table the matter of accept- 
ing Middlesex and Norfolk Avenues. 

A verbal report on the Water Question was made 
by E. F. Small, chairman of Water Supply Committee, 
who reported progress and asked for further time. 

Voted. To accept and adopt the report of Water 
Supply Committee, granting further time. 

REPORT ON PROPOSED CHEMICAL LABORATORY 
AT PHILLIPS SCHOOL. 

The matter of a Chemical and Physical Labora- 
tory which was referred to the School Board, has been 
carefully considered and we report as follows : 

Your Committee is convinced that its recom- 
mendations on this subject as contained in the last 
Annual Report, have been well received, and that the 
general sentiment of our citizens is in favor of carry- 
ing this project through, so that our Lligh School may 
be as well equipped in every respect as other similar 
institutions throughout the State. 

Should the proposed Laboratory be located in the 
Phillips School building, there are only two places 
which could possibly be considered, viz. the supply 
room in basement, and the north room on third floor. 



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After carefully looking the ground over from every 
stand-point, and consulting the architect of the build- 
ing, we have decided that it would be impracticable 
to locate said laboratory in the north room. The only 
place remaining in the building available for this pur- 
pose would therefore be the basement room, and the 
total cost of fitting this up as estimated by H. K. 
Wheeler, architect, would be about =^1,114, with a 
further annual expense for running a small electric 
motor, which would be needed to create an exhaust 
draft in a ventilating stack to keep the building free 
from fumes of chemicals. 

Another, and in our opinion a much better plan, 
is to erect a small one story brick building in the rear, 
same to be about thirty feet square ; to have slated 
roof with a large skylight, and to be connected with 
main building by a covered passage way. 

The estimated cost of this building, exclusive of 
foundations and heating arrangements, would be some 
$1,414, or only $300 in excess of figures given for fit- 
ting up the basement. 

In either case it would be necessary to add 
$500 or $600 for chemical apparatus, furnishings, etc. 
Allowing for other incidental expenses, such as drain- 
age, gas and water pipes, and especially the cost of 
foundations, heating, and covered passage way, (none 
of which are included in the estimates), your Com- 
mittee would recommend an appropriation of $2,500, 
which will probably be ample for all present needs. 



F. E. INGALLS, 
E. F. SMALL, 
EDWIN M. BAILEY 



School 
Committee. 



Vote for Yoted. To accent and adopt the report of the 

Chemical ^,1/-. . 'iti t 

Laboratory. School Committee on Chemical Laboratory and ap- 
propriate $2,500 therefor. 



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REPORT OF COMMITTEE TO PURCHASE LAND FOR 
CEMETERY. 

Fellow Townsmen : 

The parcel of land adjacent to the Cemetery has 
been negotiated for, $700 was offered for it, but the 
offer has been declined. It is held at more than twice 
that sum. 

We have based our refusal to pay more than 
$700 on the following facts : 

1. Its assessed valuation $325, or $100 per 

acre. 

2. It had been offered to the previous Commit- 
tee for $500. 

3. As compared with the value of similar pasture 
land elsewhere. 

Therefore we recommend that, under the right 
of eminent domain, the Town take it, paying such 
price as shall be adjudged to be right and just. 

The Town's Counsel also agrees with, in fact, 
recommends this policy. 

Further, we recommend that the parcel of land 
known as the Silver Lot also be taken and its value 
adjudged in like manner. 

Edmund Russell, 
Anthony Bilkoosky. 

Voted. To lay this report on the table until 9 
o'clock for further consideration. 

REPORT ON WEIGHTS FOR SEALER OF WEIGHTS 
AND MEASURES. 

To the Inhabitants of Sioampscott : 

Your Selectmen, to whom was referred the recom- 
mendation of the Sealer of Weights and Measures, 



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[Feb. 28 



hereby recommend that the sum of sixty-five dollars 
($65) be appropriated to purchase suitable fifty-pound 
weights for the use of said Sealer. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILMOT R. HASTINGS,) 

JAMES H. MOULTON, [ Selectmen. 

GEORGE T. MELZARD, ) 

Voted to Yoted. To accept and adopt the report of the 

jiur chase ^ r r 

Weights for Selectmen on purchase of weights for Sealer of 
Weights and Measures, appropriating $65 for the 
same. 

REPORT ON FENCE AT ESSEX STREET. 

To the Citizens of Sioampscott : 

Your Selectmen, to whom was referred the 
recommendation of the Surveyor of Highways that a 
fence be constructed on Essex Street, opposite the 
Jackson estate, hereby recommend that the sum of 
Two hundred and fifty dollars (1250) be appropriated 
for said work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILMOT R. HASTINGS, ) 

JAMES H. MOULTON, ( Selectmen. 

GEORGE T. MELZARD. ) 

Voted. To accept and adopt the report of the 
Selectmen on building fence on Essex Street opposite 
the Jackson estate, approjiriating $250 therefor. 

REPORT ON RE-LAYING THE WALL ON HUMPHREY 
STfiEET, OPPOSITE T£^E MARSHALL ESTATE. 

To the Citizens of Swcifnpscott : 

Your Selectmen, to whom was referred the sub- 
ject of re-laying the wall on Humphrey Street, oppo- 
site the Marshall estate, hereby recommend that a pipe 



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drain be laid, rather than to re-lay the wall, and that 
an appropriation of Six hundred and fifty dollars 
($650) be made for the same. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILMOT R. HASTINGS, ) 

JAMES H. MOULTON, > Selectmen. 

GEORGE T. MELZARD. ) 

Vote to 

Voted. To accept and adopt the report of the repair 

o T 1 1 • c 1 • 1 11 Humphrey 

Selectmen on the subject oi re-laymg the wall on streetdrain 

FT 1 f-i • 1 -i»r 1 11 T Marshall 

Humphrey Street, opposite the Marshall estate, and Estate, 
appropriate $650 therefor. 

REPORT OX STREET CROSSINGS. 

To the Inhabitants of Swampscott: 

Your Selectmen, to whom was referred the sub- 
ject of street crossings on Phillips, Redington and 
Burrill Streets and Railroad Avenue, hereby recom- 
mend that the sum of six hundred dollars ($600) be 
appropriated for the construction of said crossings. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILMOT R. HASTINGS, ) 

JAMES H. MOULTON, > Selectmen. 

GEORGE T. MELZARD, ) 

Voted. To accept and adopt the report of the 
Selectmen on Street Crossings petitioned for in the 
Warrant and appropriate $600 for the same. 

The School Committee reported it inexpedient to 
place a fire escape on the Phillips School building. 

REPORT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A 
GRADE AT ATLANTIC AVENUE. 

To the Citizens of Swampscott : 

Your Selectmen, to whom was. referred the latter 
portion of Art. 26, hereby reconiraend that an appro- 



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[Feb. 28 



priation of Fifty dollars (|50) be made to cover the 
expense of establishing the grade of Atlantic Avenue. 

Respectfully submitted, 



WILMOT R. HASTINGS, 
JAMES H. MOULTON, 
GEORGE T. MELZARD. 



Selectmen, 



Vote to 

establish 

grade 

at Atlantic 

Avenue. 



Vote for 
Fire Alarm 
box. 



Voted. To accept the report of the Selectmen 
regarding the establishment of a grade at Atlantic 
Avenue, and appropriate |50 to cover the expense of 
the same. 

Yoted, Akt. 22. To appropriate 8100 to place 
a Fire Alarm box at junction of Glen Road and Hum- 
phrey Street. 

Voted. To refer the recommendation of the 
Board of Engineers regarding the amount of pressure 
on Hydrants to the Committee on Water Supply. 



REPORT OF STREET LIGHT COMMITTEE. 

Article 25. Arc Light. Your committee 
have looked over the location at Greenwood Street 
and King Street extension, and fail to see the need of 
an arc light being placed there. Standing in front of 
the Phillips School building, and looking down, there 
are several lights which throw their rays, and par- 
ticularly Light No. 93, near the corner of Rockland 
Street and Greenwood Court, which considering there 
is only one house near this point, for a new light ap- 
pears to be reasonably well lighted at present, and we 
recommend the petitioners have leave to withdraw. 

Article 26. Two Incandescents on Atlantic 
Avenue. Your committee have looked the location 
over and find there is need of even more than is asked 
for in two incandescents at this point, and would 
recommend that an incandescent light be placed near 
the corner of the road going to the beach, as asked 



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for, and erecting an arc liglit in place of an incan- 
descent near the house l^nown as Mariana, or some- 
what westerly from there, at the same time changing 
over the nex't light easterly of this point (with no ex- 
pense to the Town of course), would give to this much 
used thoroughfare ample light, which it certainly does 
not have now; and we recommend this action. 

Article 27. Arc Light. (Near residence of 
Charles Knowles, Rockland Street.) 

Your committee have also looked over these 
premises and find there is no real need of more light 
at this point. 

We already have an arc light in front of the 
James Pope estate, and one at Rockland and Highland 
Streets, with an incandescent opposite house of 
Charles H. Joye, and although there is something of a 
bend in the street between each arc light, the small 
one seems to fill the space, and we would recommend 
the petitioners have leave to withdraw. 

Article 28. Arc Light. Your Committee 
have also looked over this point at the corner of 
Walker and Grant Roads, near the residence of Mr. 
John S. Hurley, and would recommend the placing of 
an arc 1 ght at this point as called for by the petition- 
ers. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. A. FARNHAM, Chairman, 

Street Light Committee. 

Voted. To accept and adopt the report of the 
Street Light Committee. 

REPORT ON REMOVAL OF LEDGE ON REDINGTON 
STREET. 

To the Citizens of Swampscott : 

Your Selectmen, to whom was referred Art. 13, 



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concerning the removal of ledge in Redington Street, 
hereby recommend that an appro])riation of five 
hundred and fifty dollars ('$550) be made to perform 
said work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILMOT R. HASTINGS, ) 

JAMES II. MOULTON, [ Selectmen. 

GEORGE T. MELZARD, ) 

Voted. To accept and adopt the report of the 
Selectmen and appropriate $550 therefor. 

Voted. To reconsider the vote whereby 84,500 
for the Highway De])artment was appropriated, also 
to reconsider the vote relating to the salary of the 
Janitor of the Town Hall. 

Yoted. That the aj^propriation for the Highway 
Department be $5,500 instead of |4,500. 

. Yoted. That the salary of the Janitor of the 
Town Hall be $650 per year. 

Yoted. That the appropration for the Town 
Hall be $950 instead of $750. 

Yoted. That when we adjourn, it be to Thurs- 
day evening. May 27th, at 7.45 p. m. 

The matter of purchasing land for the Cemetery 
was taken from the table. 

Yoted. That it is the sense of this meeting that 
the Chairman of Board of Assessors be requested 
to produce for us at this meeting the Assessors' valua- 
tion of the land in question. 
Vote to Yoted. That the Board of Selectmen and Board 

purchase t i i . t t i 

land at of Asscssors DC and are hereby instructed and autnor- 
Cemeiery. .^^^ purchase the land in question for Cemetery 
purposes, or secure the same under right of eminent 
domain, and that the sum of $2,500 be appropriated 
for the same, the unexpended balance, if any, to be 
applied to the further improvement of the Cemetery, 



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in accordance with the recommendation of the Super- 
intendent of Cemetery. 

Yoted. To adopt the following resolution. 

RESOLUTION. 

WJiereas^ Many of our honored and respected 
citizens are being forced into legal complications, by 
the operation of the Park Act recently accepted by 
the Town, and administered by the Park Commission- 
ers ; and 

Whereas^ said legal contention may possibly in- 
volve the town to such an extent, as to seriously men- 
ace the best interests thereof, 

Be it liesolved, That it is the earnest will and 
expression of the citizens in Town Meeting assembled, 
that the Commissioners be requested to temporarily 
desist from any further encroachment upon lands 
taken for Park purposes, to remove or destroy any 
building or buildings thereon, until such time as a 
special Town Meeting can be called, immediately 
after the adjournment of the Annual Town Meeting 
now in session, for the express purpose of fairly dis- 
cussing the Park question in all its relations to citizens 
of the Town, and to take such action as may commend 
itself to the wisdom of its citizens. 

Voted. To adjourn at 10 o'clock p. m. 

Attest: 

GEO. T. TILL, 

Town Clerk. 



ADJOURNED ANNUAL MEETING, MAY 27, 
1897. 



In accordance with adjournment, the voters of 
the Town assembled at the Town Hall on Thursday 
evening, May 27, 1897. 



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[Feb. 28 



The meeting was called to order at 7.45 o'clock 
by John R. Merritt, Moderator. 

The records of the last meeting were read and 
declared approved. 

Voted. That the Treasurer be authorized, under 
the direction of the Selectmen, to hire a sum not ex- 
ceeding $5,000 and give the note of the Town for the 
same, for a time not less than eight years, the same to 
be used for the building of the Chemical Laboratory 
and the improvement of the Cemetery. Yes, 112 ; 
No, 3. 



REPORT ON CEMETERY LAND. 

To the Citizens of Swmiipscott : 

■ Your committee to whom was referred the pur- 
chase of land for cemetery purposes, beg leave to sub- 
mit the following report : 

On looking into the subject, we were surprised to 
learn that the Town now owns nearly two acres of 
land adjoining the cemetery and outside the line of 
the old wall. Added to this, we have considerable 
land which has not yet been laid out in lots, within 
the present boundaries of the cemetery. Therefore 
we have now available for cemetery purposes, suf- 
ficient land, in all probability, to answer our needs for 
many years. We believe that very few of our fellow 
citizens w^ere aware of this condition at the time 
when this committee received its instructions. 

We have interviewed the owner of the land, Alden 
Southworth, and are as yet unable to agree upon a 
price. Inasmuch as the Town has already sufficient 
land for a considerable term of years, we recommend 
that this committee be instructed to take no further 



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action, provided that the owner will not accept for his 
land a sum of money which the committee considers a 
fair price. 



WILMOT R. HASTINGS, 1 
JAMES H. MOULTON, ' I Committee to 
D. H.MILLETT, [ ^^ZTZ 

PELEG GARDNER, 
GILBERT DELANO, 



land for 
Cemetery. 



Voted. To accept the report and adopt the 
recommendations of the committee to purchase land 
for Cemetery. 

Voted. To take from the table the matter per- 
taining to the acceptance of Norfolk and Middlesex 
Avenues. 

A motion to dispense with the reading of the re- 
port of the Selectmen on laying out Norfolk and Mid- 
dlesex Avenues was negatived. 

The report of the Selectmen above referred to 
was read. 

Voted. To lay upon the table until the Com- 
mittee on Future Water Supply had made report. 

The chairman of Future Water Supply Commit- 
tee stated that the Committee desired further time; 
the form of contract offered by the City of Lynn was 
read. 

Voted. That the Committee on Future Water 
Supply have power to secure good counsel, and money 
would be appropriated for the same if necessary. 

Voted. To adjourn to Thursday evening, June 
10th, at 7.30 p. M. 

Attest: 

GEO. T. TILL, 

Town Clerk. 



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[Feb. 28 



ADJOURNED ANNUAL MEETING, JUNE 
10, 1897, 



Published in accordance with a vote by a Com- 
mittee on Future Water Supply. 



SPECIAL TOWN MEETING, SEPT. 30, 1 897. 



town warrant. 

Essex, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the Town of Swamp- 
scott, Greeting : 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachu- 
setts, you are directed to notify the inhabitants of the 
Town of Swarapscott, qualified to vote in elections 
and in Town affairs, to meet at Town Hall in said 
Swampscott, on Thursday, the thirtieth day of Sep- 
tember, current, at seven-thirty o'clock in the after- 
noon, then and there to act on the following articles, 
viz. : 

Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside in 
said meeting. 

Art. 2. To hear and act upon the report of the 
Committee on Future Water Supply, and to see what 
action the Town will take as to future water supply. 

Art. 3. To see if the Town will authorize the 
Park Commissioners to make additional provision, on 
the Park Reservation, for the use of certain occu- 
pants, soon to be removed therefrom by virtue of said 
Commissioners' order, and make necessary appropria- 
tion therefor, according to the petition of Benj. W. 
Shelton and others. 

Art. 4. To see if the Town will appropriate the 
sum of one thousand dollars, to be expended on the 
public highways. 



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Art. 5. To see if the Town will appropriate a 
sum of money for the increase of the Town Hall 
janitor's salary. 

Art. 6. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum 
of money sufficient to place an arc light at the corner 
of Belmont Avenue and Minerva Street, according to 
the petition of C. L. E. Goodwin and others. 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by 
posting attested copies thereof at the Town Hall, Depots, 
Post Offices, and three other public and conspicuous 
places in the Town, seven days at least before the time 
of holding said meeting. 

Hereof fail not^ and make due return of this 
Warrant, with your doings thereon, to the Town 
Clerk, at the time and place of meeting as aforesaid. 

Given under our hands, this twenty-third day of 
September, in the year one thousand eight hundred 
and ninety-seven. 

WILMOT R. HASTINGS, ) Selectmen 
JAMES H. MOULTON, [ of 
GEORGE T. MELZARD, ) Swampscott. 

return on the warrant. 

Essex, ss. 

September 23, 1897. 
I have served the within Warrant by posting an 
attested copy of the same at the Town Hall, Depots, 
Post Offices and three other public and conspicuous 
places as within directed. 

J. G. OWENS, 

Constable of S^oampscott. 

In accordance with the foregoing W^arrant, the 
voters of the Town assembled at the Town Plall, on 
Thursday evening, Sept. 30, 1897. 

The meeting was called to order at 7.30 o'clock 
by Geo. T. Till, Town Clerk, who read the Warrant 
and the return thereon. 



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[Feb. 28 



There were 22 ballots cast for Moderator, as 
follows : John R, Merritt, 13, elected ; Fred C- 
Marsh, 9. 

John R. Merritt was immediately qualified for the 
duties of Moderator by the Town Clerk. 

Voted. To take up for action Art. 4, 5, 6. 
Voted. To lay Art. 4 on the table. 
Salary of Voted. Art. 5. That the salary of the Janitor 

Janitor 

Town Hall, of the Town Hall is hereby increased to $650 per 
year, and the sum of 1130 appropriated for the Town 
Hall Department for that purpose. 
fS-^st?eef ''^ Fo^ec^. Art. 6. To appropriate the sum of 172 
Lights. for an arc light at the corner of Belmont Avenue and 
Minerva Street. 

Voted. To take up Art. 4. 
Appropriati'n Voted. Art. 4. That the sum of $1,000 be ap- 
Highway propriatcd for the use of the Highway Department, 
Department j^^j^jjjg ^ total of $5,500 appropriated for this depart- 
ment for the current year. 

An Amendment. That the sum of $400 be added 
to Highway Department appropriation, to be expended 
under the direction of the Highway Surveyor in the 
improvement of the streets at Mountain Park, was 
negatived. 

Voted. Art. 2. To accept the report of the 
Committee on Future Water Supply, as printed, and 
adopt their recommendations contained in the follow- 
ing votes, amended to read as follows : 

Voted. That the Committee on Future Water 
Supply be and is hereby directed to make the follow- 
ing proposition to the Marblehead Water Company 
for the purchase of its corporate projoerty and all the 
rights, privileges, easements, lands, waters, water 
rights, dams, reservoirs, pipes, engines, boilers, ma- 
chinery, fixtures, hydrants, tools and all appliances 
owned by said company, at a price to be fixed by three 
commissioners, each to be appointed by the mutual 



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agreement of said Marblehead Water Company and 
the Committee on Future Water Supply, and in case 
said company and said committee, after conference, 
shall be unable to agree upon such commissioners, 
application may be made to the Supreme Judicial 
Court by said company or said committee, and after 
notice to the parties, said commissioners shall be ap- 
pointed by said court or any justice thereof, and said 
commissioners shall determine the fair value of said 
property upon the following basis, viz. : 

1. The commissioners shall determine the fair 
value of said property for the purposes of its use by 
said Town, and their award, or the award of a major- 
ity of them, when made, shall be final. Such value 
shall be estimated without enhancement on account of 
past, present or future earning capacity or good will, 
or on account of the franchise or any privilege of said 
company. 

2. The expenses of the commission shall be paid 
equally by the Marblehead Water Company and the 
Town of Swampscott. 

3. Provided this proposition is accepted by 
the Marblehead Water Company, the acceptance shall 
be in form satisfactory to the Town Counsel. 

4. The proposition shall be void and of no 
effect unless a satisfactory acceptance thereof shall 
have been filed with the Town Clerk of Swampscott, 
or the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen of Swamp- 
scott, within sixty days after its adoption by vote of 
the Town. 

5. The formal transfer of the said property 
of the Marblehead Water Company shall not be 
effected unless such transfer is authorized by special 
or general legislation, and a good and clear title given, 
free from all incumbrances. 

6. If the proposition is not accepted, the Town's 
rights and interests in future will not be effected by 
reason of this offer. 



SV/AMPSCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARy 



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[Feb. 28 



7. All details as to form of agreement, mode 
and details of reference and hearing, and all terras 
and conditions not herein specified to be left to the 
discretion and determination of said committee. 

Voted. That the Committee on F'uture Wat^r 
Supply be and is hereby directed to confer at once 
with the Metropolitan Water Board to see upon what 
terms a supply of water for all Town, domestic and 
other purposes can be secured, and to submit at a 
special meeting to be called, any proposition and all 
propositions which it may obtain ; and said committee 
is hereby further directed to prepare, under the direc- 
tion of the Town Counsel, such bills as will be neces- 
sary to present to the next General Court to enable 
the Town to acquire and operate its own water plant; 
and said committee is hereby further directed to have 
prepared estimates of such construction as is necessary 
to complete and perfect a water system for the Town's 
immediate needs and for the future requirements. 

Motion. That the sum of fifteen hundred dollars 
be appropriated, said sum to be raised by note of the 
Town and known as a Park Loan, the same to be 
placed in the hands of the Park Commission, for the 
purpose of providing suitable accommodations at or 
near the Fish House on Blaney's Beach, for the use of 
such citizens as are or were actively engaged in the 
fish-dealing business on said beach before the taking 
by the Town. Such building or buildings shall be 
under the control and regulation of the Park Com- 
mission, as provided by law (Art. 3); negatived. 

Voted. To dissolve at 9.20 o'clock. 

Attest : 

GEO. T. TILL, 

Toxon Clerk. 



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STATE ELECTION, NOVEMBER 2, 1897. 



toavn warrant. 

Essex, ss 

To either of the Constables of the Toion e>f Swcimpscott in 
said County, Greeting: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you 
are directed to notify the inhabitants of the Town of Swampscott, 
qualified to vote in Elections, to meet at Town Hall, in said 
Swampscott, on Tuesday, the Second day of November next, 
it being the Tuesday next after the first Monday of said Novem- 
ber, at six o'clock in the forenoon, then and there to bring in 
their votes to the Selectmen on one ballot, for 

Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, Councillor for the Fifth 
Essex District, Secretary, Treasurer, Auditor, Attorney-General, 
Senator First Essex District, Two Representatives in General 
Court for Eleventh Essex District, County Commissioner, Regis- 
ter of Deeds, South District, Essex, County Treasurer. 

The polls to be kept open until 4 o'clock, p.m. 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting at- 
tested copies thereof at the Town Hall, Depots, Post Offices, and 
three other public and conspicuous places in the town, seven days 
at least before the time of holding said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this Warrant, with 
your doings thereon, to the Town Clerk, at the time and place 
of meeting, as aforesaid. 

Given under our hands, this Fifteenth day of October, in the 
year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-seven. 

WILMOT R. HASTINGS, ) Selectmen 
JAMES H. MOULTON, ( of 
GEORGE T. MELZARD, \ SwaJp^eott. 
Swampscott, October 1-^, 1S97. 



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[Feb. 28 



RETURN ON THE WARRANT. 

Pursuant to the within Warrant to me directed, I have noti- 
fied the inhabitants of the Town of Swampscott, qualified as 
herein expressed, to meet at the time and place, and for the pur- 
poses herein mentioned, by posting up attested copies of this 
Warrant in fifteen public and conspicuous places in said Swamp- 
scott, on Saturday, the twenty-third day of October, 1897. 

RICHARD G. GILLEY, 

Constable. 

In accordance with the foregoing Warrant, the voters of the 
Town met in the Town Hall, on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1897, and 
called to order at six o'clock in the forenoon by Wilmot R. 
Hastings, Chairman of the Selectmen and presiding Election 
Officer. The Town Clerk read the Warrant calling the meeting 
and the return thereon. 

The package of ballots marked " First set of ballots. Town 
of Swampscott," was delivered to the presiding Election Officer, 
who receipted therefor. 

Benj. F. Rich (Rep. Inspector) and Jas. T. Lyons (Dem. In- 
spector) were duly sworn as Ballot Clerks. 

The ballots were delivered to the Ballot Clerks after the seal 
had been broken by the presiding Election Officer. 

Cards of Instruction and Specimen Ballots were posted in- 
side the rail and about the hall, in accordance with the law. 

The ballot box was opened and declared to be empty ; the 
register was 000. The ballot box was then locked and the keys 
delivered to the constable in charge. 

The polls were declared open at 6.05 a. m. The polls were 
kept open by vote of the meeting until 4.36 p. m. 

The following had been appointed Tellers, and were sworn to 
the faithful discharge of their duties by the Town Clerk : Oscar 
F. Morris, Abram G. Stone, Andrew Olsen and Edward H. Thomas 
(Dem.) ; John G. Stanley, Chas. T. Jackson, E, M. Tuttle and 
Frank V. Porter (Rep.) 



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There were 423 ballots cast, and the same number of checks 
on voting lists ; the ballot box register at close was 458. 
At 4.45 p. M. the following result was declared : 



GOVERNOR. 

John Bascom, of Williamstown (P.) 7 

Thomas C. Brophy, of Boston (S.) 3 

William Everett, of Quincy (D.N.) 9 

George Fred Williams, of Dedham (D.) 64 

Roger Wolcott, of Boston (R.) 370 

Blanks 10 

LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR. 

Edward A. Buckland, of South Hadley (S.) 5 

Christopher T. Callahan, of Holyoke (D.) 56 

James E. Cotter, of Hyde Park (D.N.) 11 

W. Murray Crane, of Dalton (R.) 353 

Willard O. Wylie, of Beverly (P.) 14 

Blanks 24 

SECRETARY. 

Addison W. Barr, of Worcester (S.) 7 

Charles D. Nash, of Whitman (D.) 49 

William M. Olin, of Boston (R.) 358 

Edwin Sawtell, of Brockton (P.) 7 

Bernard M. Wolf, of Boston (D.N.) 8 

Blanks 34 

TREASURER. 

George A. Brown, of Lynn (S.) 8 

Robert C. Habberley, of Hyde Park (P.) 7 

Edward P. Shaw, of Newburyport (R.) 351 

Horace P. Tobey, of Wareham (D.N.) 11 

Thomas A. Watson, of Braintree (D.) ........ 50 

Blanks 36 



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[Feb. 28 



AUDITOR. 

Joseph Ballam, of Boston (S.) 4 

Harry Douglas, of Great Barrington (D.N.) 9 

John W. Kimball, of Fitchburg (R.) 351 

Joseph Henry Sheldon, of Haverhill (D.) 52 

Herbert M. Small, of Templeton (P.) 8 

Blanks ... 39 

ATTORNEY-GENERAL. 

Walcott Hamlin, of Amherst (P.) 14 

William Harrison, of Lawrence (S.) 6 

ITosea M. Knowlton, of New Bedford (R.) ....... 341 

William W. McClench, of Chicopee (D. N.) 8 

John A. O'Keefe, of Lynn (D.) 60 

Blanks 34 

COUNCILLOR — FIFTH DISTRICT. 

Horace H. Atherton, of Saugus (R.) 358 

Jeremiah L. Libby, of Lynn (D.N.) 17 

Daniel H. Maguire, of Haverhill (D.) 45 

Blanks . - 43 

SENATOR— FIRST ESSEX DISTRICT. 

Daniel B. Beard, of Lynn (D.N.) 9 

Josiah C. Bennett, of Lynn (R.) 343 

Charles E. Bishop, of Lynn (P.) 14 

Charles Allen Taber, of Lynn (D.) 55 

A. R. Bunting 2 

Blanks 40 

REPRESENTATIVES IN GENERAL COURT — ELEVENTH 
ESSEX DISTRICT. 

William B. Gould, of Lynn (D.N.) 16 

Isaiah Graves, of Lynn (D.N.) . 18 

Edwin Keay, of Swampscott (P.) 20 

Sidney P. Kenyon, of Lynn (D.) 39 

Martin E. Nies, of Swampscott (D.) . 70 

J. Warren Osborne, of Lynn (P.) 14 



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James F. Seavey, of Lynn (R.) . 319 

Robert S. Sisson, of Lynn (R.) 296 

Blanks 134 

COUNTY COMMISSIONER — ESSEX. 

Edward B. Bishop, of Haverhill (R.) . 354 

Daniel Saunders, of Lawrence (D.N ) 11 

Edward P. Wildes, of Georgetown (D.) 48 

Blanks 50 

REGISTER OF DEEDS — ESSEX SOUTHERN DISTRICT. 

Willard J. Hale, of Newburyport (D.R.) 347 

Caleb Lamson, of Lynn (D.N.) 34 

Blanks ... 82 

COUNTY TREASURER — ESSEX. 

Nathan Clark, of Lynn (D.) 77 

E. Kendall Jenkins, of Andover (R.) 335 

Blanks 51 



I hereby declare the foregoing to be a true record. 

Attest : 

GEO. T. TILL, 

Town Clerh. 



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[Feb. 28 



Town Clerk's Statistics. 



BIRTHS RECORDED. 

Males, 42 ; Females, 44 ; total, 86. 

In January, 9 ; February, 8 ; March, 11 ; April, 3 ; May, 6 ; 
June, 8 ; July, 4 ; August, 7 ; September, 7 ; October, 2 ; Novem- 
ber. 15; December, 6. 

Nativity of Fathers — Massachusetts, 45; Nova Scotia, 10; 
Maine, 7 ; Ireland, 5 ; New York, 4 ; Italy, 3 ; New Hampshire, 
New Brunswick and England, 2 each ; Vermont, New Jersey, 
Ohio, Maryland, Newfoundland and Canada, 1 each. 

Nativity of Mothers — Massachusetts, 41 ; Ireland, 9 ; Nova 
Scotia, 8; Maine, 7; New York, 4 ; England and New Bruns- 
wick, 8 each; Newfoundland and Italy, 2 each; New Hampshire, 
Vermont, Ohio, Iowa, Delaware, Prince Edward Island and 
Canada, 1 each. 

Fathers born in Swampscott, 8 ; Mothers, 7. 



MARRIAGES RECORDED, 29. 

In February, 1; April, 3; May, 2; June, 6; July, 2; Sep- 
tember, 2 ; October, 3 ; November, G ; December, 4. 

Nativity of Grooms — Massachusetts, 16; Maine, 6; Ire- 
land, 3; New Hampshire, 2; Nova Scotia and Prince Edward 
Island, 1 each. 



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Nativity of Brides — Massacliusetts, 11 ; Nova Scotia, 6; 
Maine and Ireland, 3 each ; New Yorlc, New Brunswicl^, Cape 
Breton, Sweden, England and Not Known, 1 each. 

Occupation of Grooms — Clerk and Shoeworkers, 4 each; 
Merchant, 3; Motorman, Farmer and Carpenter, 2 each; Team- 
ster, Box Manufacturer, Agent, Blacksmith, Laborer, Electrician, 
Baker, Painter, Coachman, Civil Engineer, Conductor and Paper 
Hanger, 1 each. 



DEATHS RECORDED. 

Males, 31 ; Females, 23 ; total, 54. 

In January, 3 ; February, 9 ; March, 3 ; April, 8 ; May, 1 ; 
June, 2; July, 3; August, 5; September, 4; October, 5; Novem- 
ber, 7 ; December, 4. 

Under 5 years, 15; 5 to 10, 1; 20 to 30, 7 ; 30 to 40 
3 ; 40 to 50, 3 ; 50 to 60, 5 ; 60 to 70, 5 ; 70 to 80, 11 ; 80 to 90, 4. 

Causes — Consumption and heart disease, 8 each ; cancer and 
still-born, 4 each ; pneumonia and apoplexy, 3 each ; bronchitis, 
premature birth, peritonitis, meningitis, old age, Bright's disease 
and disease of liver, 2 each; appendicitis, septicaemia, thrombosis, 
inanition, hemorrhage, marasmus, diabetes, paralysis, typhoid 
fever and smothered, 1 each. 

Seventy years of age and over — Solomon D. Abbott, 80 
yrs. 7 m. 9 d., old age ; Nahum Chapin, 77 yrs. 27 d., cancerioma ; 
William P. Eveleth, 80 yrs. 6m., thrombosis; Benj. M. Green, 
79 yrs. 6 m. 3d., heart disease; Elizabeth A. Grosvenor, 
81 yrs. 10 m. 9 d., heart failure; Zephaniah K. Harding, 77 yrs. 
11 m. 4 d., septicaemia; Sarah C. Hicks, 75 yrs., apoplexy; Jane 
Quereaux, 79 yrs. 8 m. 5 d., Bright's disease ; Robert H. Rogers, 
74 yrs., chronic bronchitis; William Rowell, 71 yrs. 6 m. 18 d., 
cancer of stomach ; John L. Seger, 74 yrs. 1 m., heart disease ; 



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Charlotte Stanley, 74 yrs. 6 m., heart disease; Daniel P. Stimpson, 
79 yrs. 2 m. 1 d., heart disease; Angeline C. Ware, 73 yrs. 10 m. 
15 d., paralysis; Adeline B. Wheeler, 85 yrs. 7 m., old age. 



DOGS LICENSED. 

Males, 128; Females, 29; total, 157. 

Attest : 

GEO. T. TILL, 

Town Clerk, 



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SPECIAL TOWN MEETING, FEBRUARY 14, 1898. 



town warrant. 

Essex, ss 

To either of the Constables of tJie Toum of Sicampscott i?i 
said County, Greetmg : 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are 
directed to notify the inhabitants of the Town of Swampscott, 
qualified to vote in elections, to meet at Town Hall, in said 
Swampscott, on Monday, the Fourteenth day of February, cur- 
rent, at half-past seven o'clock in the evening, then and there to 
act upon the following Articles : 

Article \. To choose a Moderator. 

Art. 2. To hear and act upon the report or reports of the 
Committee on Future Water Supply. 

Art. 3. To see what action, if any, the Town will take in 
reference to taking water from the Cit}'' of Lynn. 

Art. 4. To see if the Town is in favor of the purchase of 
the property of the Marblehead Water Company, and if so to 
ascertain the sense of the meeting as to what price should be 
paid therefor. 

Art. 5. To see what action, if any, the Tow^n will cause to 
be taken before the Legislature in reference to certain bills which 
are intended to affect the rights of the Town of Swampscott in 
securing a supply of water. 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting at- 
tested copies thereof at the Town Hall, Depots, Post Offices, and 
three other public and conspicuous places in the Town, seven 
days at least before the day of holding said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this Warrant, 
with your doings thereon, to the Town Clerk at the time and 
place of meeting, as aforesaid. 



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Given under our hands this Seventh day of February, in the 
year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight. 

WILMOT R. HASTINGS, ) Selectmen 
JAMES H. MOULTON, [ of 
GEORGE T. MELZARD, ) Swampscott. 

A true copy. Attest : 

RICHARD G. GILLEY, 

Constable. 

RETURN ON THE WARRANT. 

Pursuant to the within Warrant to me directed, I have noti- 
fied the inhabitants of the Town of Swampscott, qualified, as 
herein expressed, to meet at the time and place and for the pur- 
pose herein mentioned, by posting up attested copies of said 
Warrant at the Town Hall, Depots, Post Offices, and eight other 
public and cons23icuous places in said Swampscott, on Monday, 
the Seventh day of February, in the year 1898, the posting of 
said notices being seven days before the time of said meeting. 

RICHARD G. GILLEY, 

Constable of Swampscott. 

In accordance with the foregoing Warrant, the voters of the 
Town assembled at the Town Hall, on Monday evening, Feb. 18, 
1898. 

The meeting was called to order by the Town Clerk, at 7.30 
o'clock, the Warrant calling the meeting and return thereon was 
read. 

Balloting for Moderator was immediately commenced, and 
continued for five minutes, resulting as follows : Fred C. Marsh, 
18, elected; John R. Merritt, 14. 

Fred C. Marsh was immediately qualified for the position by 
the Town Clerk. 



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REPORT No. 1 ON FUTURE WATER SUPPLY. 

To the Citizens of Swampscott : 

At a Special Town Meeting held Sept. 30, 1897, it was voted 
as follows : That the Committee on Future Water Supply be and 
is hereby directed to make the following proposition to the Mar- 
blehead Water Co. for the purchase of its corj^orate property and 
all the rights, privileges, easements, lands, waters, water rights, 
dams, reservoirs, pipes, engines, boilers, machinery, fixtures, hy- 
drants, tools and all appliances owned by said company, at a price 
to be fixed by three commissioners, each to be appointed by the 
mutual agreement of said Marblehead Water Company and the 
Committee on Future Water Supply, and in case said company 
and said committee, after conference, shall be unable to agree 
upon such commissioners, application may be made to the 
Supreme Judicial Court by said company or said committee, and 
after notice to the parties, said commissioners shall be appointed 
by said court, or any justice thereof, and said commissioners shall 
determine the fair value of said property upon the following 
basis, viz. : 

1. The commissioners shall determine the fair value of said 
property for the purposes of its use by said Town, and their 
award, or the award of a majority of them, when made, shall be 
final. Such value shall be estimated without enhancement on ac- 
count of past, present or future earning capacity or good-will, or 
on account of the franchise or any privilege of said company. 

2. The expenses of the commission shall be paid equally by 
the Marblehead Water Company and the Town of Swampscott. 

3. Provided this proposition is accepted by the Marblehead 
Water Company, the acceptance shall be in form satisfactory to 
the Town counsel. 

4. The proposition shall be void and of no effect unless a 
satisfactory acceptance thereof shall have been filed with the 
Town Clerk of Swampscott, or the Chairman of the Board of 
Selectmen of Swampscott, within sixty days after its adoption by 
vote of the Town. 



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5. The formal transfer of the said property of the Marble- 
head Water Company shall not be effected unless such transfer is 
authorized by special or general legislation, and a good and clear 
title given, free from all incumbrances. 

6. If the proposition is not accepted, the Town's rights and 
interests in future will not be affected by reason of this offer. 

7. All details as to form of ngreement, mode and details of 
reference and hearing, and all terms and conditions not herein 
specified to be left to the discretion and determination of said 
committee. 

Voted. That the Committee on Future Water Supply be 
and is hereby directed to confer at once with the Metropolitan 
Water Board to see upon what terms a supply of water for all 
Town, domestic and other purposes can be secured, and to submit 

at a special meeting, to be held any proposition and 

all propositions which it may obtain ; and said committee is here- 
by further directed to prepare, under direction of the Town coun- 
sel, such bills as will be necessary to present to the next General 
Court to enable the Town to acquire and operate its own water 
plant ; and said committee is hereby further directed to have pre- 
pared estimates of such construction as is necessary to complete 
and perfect a water system for the Town's immediate needs and 
for the future requirements. In accordance with the instructions 
embodied in these votes, your committee, immediately, by and 
with the advise of counsel, submitted to the Marblehead Water 
Company a proposition substantially as voted by the Town 
Your committee also asked for, and obtained an interview with 
the Metropolitan W^ater Board, and the result of that conference 
fully justifies your committee in the opinion, that the possibility 
of the Town obtaining a supply from the Metropolitan source is 
entirely out^ of the question until such time as the Town shall 
own its entire pipe system, or shall have acquired the works of 
the local water company. At the expiration of sixty days, the 
extreme limit allowed the Marblehead Water Company to accept 
or reject the proposition voted by the Town and submitted by 
the committee, your committee received notice (indirectly) 
through counsel for the comj)any, that the Town's proposition 



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could not be accepted by said company, but that the company 
were willing, and anxious, to negotiate with the committee 
looking to an amicable adjustment of the situation. After re- 
peated interviews with representatives of the company, we have 
obtained practically a verbal offer from said representatives to 
sell their entire property to the Town for the sum of $100,000, 
this being 182,600 less than the original price asked. 

Your committee also gave notice as required by law, five 
weeks before the convening of the State Legislature, that the 
Town would petition the incoming Legislature for special Act, 
giving to the Town the right to be admitted into the Metropoli- 
tan Water District without being subject to the condition that it 
shall acquire the property of the Marbleliead AYater Company, 
or any portion thereof, and also for such legislation as would en- 
able the Town to acquire, own and operate its own water system, 
to take land and water for said purpose, by purchase or other- 
wise, and to do all other acts to enable the Town to supply itself 
and its inhabitants with pure water. By advice of counsel it was 
deemed inexpedient to present bills relative to these matters. For 
solution of this question of Future Water Supply for the Town, 
there are in the opinion of your committee but three j^ropositions 
for the Town to consider at this time, viz, : A contract or agree- 
ment with the Marblehead Water Company to supply the Town 
and the inhabitants from its present or prospective sources; a 
contract with the City of Lynn to furnish such part of the Town 
as is situated on the lines of the Town piping; the direct pur- 
chase of the plant of the Marblehead Water Company, together 
with all its rights and privileges pertaining thereto. To make 
another contract with the Marblehead Water Company would, in 
the opinion of your committee, be neither wise, prudent nor de- 
sirable ; w^e therefore do not recommend it. As to making a con- 
tract with the City of Lynn for a supply from its present sources, 
your committee feel that inasmuch as the State Board of Health 
have failed to approve of the taking of water from the Lynn 
works, and have raised the danger signal as to the water of 
Saugus river, a part of the Lynn system, and as the water in 
other respects is of a poor quality (^See State Board of Health 



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Report) and entirely unsatisfactory as a drinking water to the 
citizens of Lynn themselves, to the extent that thousands of 
gallons of water from Swampscott are sold daily in the factories, 
railway station, private residences and on the public streets and 
ways of Lynn for drinking purposes, they cannot in view of all 
these facts consistently recommend making a contract wath the 
City of Lynn for supplying the Town, or a part thereof, wdth 
w^ater from its present sources, believing such recommenda- 
tion unjustifiable. Direct purchase of the property, right, privi- 
lege, etc., of the Marblehead Water Company seems to be the 
proper course for the Town to pursue. Any other course, our 
counsel warn us, is likely to result in very considerable litigation 
and large attorney fees ; therefore your committee, believing it 
both wise and judicious, would recommend that the Town in- 
struct its committee to at once open negotiations with the Mar- 
blehead Water Company looking to the purchase of their prop- 
erty, rights, privileges, etc., at a price which can be mutually 
agreed upon and report at a Special Town Meeting to be called 
prior to the date of the Annual Town Meeting, for the ratifica- 
tion or rejection of such agreement as may be concluded betw^een 
company and committee. 

Relative to vote whereby the Town directed the committee 
to have prepared estimate of such construction as is necessary to 
complete and perfect a water system for the Town's immediate 
needs and future requirements, your committee herewith present 
the report of Mr. Freeman C. Coffin, a civil engineer employed 
by your committee for the purpose we have hereinbefore 
indicated. 

E. F. SMALL, 
ARTHUR F. FOSTER, 
MARTIN E. NIES, 
JAS. IL MOULTON, 
GEO. T. MELZARD. 



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REPORT No. 2 ON FUTURE WATER SUPPLY. 
To the Citizens of Swampscott : 

Your committee beg to report, that, as directed by vote 
passed at the Sj^ecial Town Meeting held Sept. 30, last, we duly 
forwarded to the Marblehead Water Company the proposition as 
amended and passed at said meeting for the purchase by the 
Town of the property of said company. We did not receive any 
formal communication from the company within sixty days, the 
time specified in the vote, but on the last day we were notified 
by our counsel that informal notice had been received by them 
through the counsel for the Water Company that the proposition 
had not and would not be accepted. 

By the action of the company in taking the matter of negotiat- 
ing for sale of its property out of the hands of those who, up to 
that time had represented the company's interests, and placing its 
interests in the hands of counsel, the committee was of the opinion 
that the interests of the Town demanded the employment of 
counsel as authorized, and Messrs. Niles & Carr have been more 
actively engaged on the case since that time, Nov. 30, than 
before. 

The committee and the Marblehead W^ater Company having 
thus failed to reach a satisfactory basis upon which the property 
of the company could be purchased by the Town by reference to 
a commission, efforts were at once made by the committee to as- 
certain at what price the property could be secured by direct 
purchase. To this end numerous conferences were held between 
representatives of the parties in interest which have resulted in 
our securing an informal statement from the civil engineer of the 
company, who claims to speak with authority, that an offer of 
$100,000 by the Town for the company's property would be ac- 
cepted, and that the property cannot be purchased at a lower 
price. 

While your committee cannot submit any offer of the com- 
pany to sell its property to the Town, which will bind the com- 
pany in any way, we will assume that- the suggestion of the 
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is an indication of the company's position. The Town is there- 
fore brought face to face with the question, " Does it want to 
purchase, at this time^ the property of the Marblehead Water 
Company for $100,000, or does it not? If not, what action will 
it take?" 

For the information and guidance of the Towai, we have to 
advise that, as authorized by the Town, an engineer was engaged 
who submitted a voluminous report which, up to this time, under 
advice of counsel, has not been published. This report makes a 
recommendation that if the property of the company cannot be 
purchased for less than 11100,000, he would advise the Town to 
take it at that price. He also estimates the present value of the 
property of the Marblehead Company, if supply is obtained from 
the Metropolitan Water Works, at $35,252, in w^hich is included 
real estate valued at $8,000. 

In view, however, that in the same report the engineer states 
that the entire property of the company could be reproduced or 
duplicated to-day for $88,613, and that on account of hiajher 
values for material and labor at the time the plant was built, it 
only cost ten per cent, more, or about 197,000, it seemed desir- 
able to your committee that an opportunity should be given the 
engineer to make further explanation as to the reasons for his 
recommendation that the town now pay $100,000 for a property 
which he estimated could not have cost over $97,000. As to the 
accuracy of his estimates, it may be proper and well to state at this 
time, that we have been informed by the company's engineer that 
the books show the cost of the property to have been about 
$110,000, but it is admitted that this amount includes cost of work 
done under blanket contract. 

At a recent meeting of the committee, the engineer engaged 
to represent the Town was present, and in answer to enquiries 
stated that the highest price he would place on the corporeal 
property of the company, basing his estimate on cost of plant, 
less depreciation, was $52,400, and that every dollar in excess of 
this amount which the Town might pay w^ould represent earning 
capacity, good- will or franchise. As the Marblehead Company 
had indicated to the committee that these possible elements of 



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value would be eliminated as factors in a basis for an award which 
commissioners might make, and as they had been eliminated by 
the Legislature in the Newburyport, Stoneham and Gloucester 
acts, there seemed to your committee no reason why we should 
consider ihem as having a value. 

With these facts, and such further explanation as the mem- 
bers of the committee can give, we believe the Town can now 
pass on the only question which has thus far been raised in this 
report, " Will it purchase at this time the property of the Mar- 
blehead Company for $100,000? " 

We must call the attention of the Town to the fact that 
whether it now purchases this property or not, the question of 
future supply of water is still open and undetermined, for it is a 
fact that the purchase of the property of the Maiblehead Water 
Company will not give to the Town a supply of water for future 
requirements. This is clearly established, and neither the en- 
gineer, nor anj^one else representing the Water Company, has 
denied it. It is only necessary to add in this report, that the 
application of the Marblehead Water Company to the Metropoli- 
tan Water Board for a supply of water from its source, confirms 
the opinion held by the members of your committee. 

We thus reach for consideration the second problem, which, 
from the peculiar condition of affairs now existing here, presents 
two separate and distinct issues. These are — 

Ist. Will the Town own its own water plant? 
2nd. Where will it get its water ? 

The ownership of a water plant by the Town can be accom- 
plished by either the purchase of the property of the Marblehead 
Water Company or by the extension of our present pipe system. 
If we purchase the property of the Marblehead Water Company 
we are asked to pay $100,000 for that which is not worth over 
$50,000. If we extend our present pipe system we are threatened 
by the Marblehead Water Company's representatives with liti- 
gation. 

There is no question in our judgment that the Town can 
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present system, than by the purchase of the plant of the Marble- 
head Company, and it is for the Town to determine whether it 
will make further enquiry as to the probable cost of extending 
its present system before deciding to purchase the property of 
the Marblehead Water Company. Your committee cannot 
recommend the purchase of the property of the Marblehead 
Water Company at $100,000 at this time. We do recommend, 
however, the adoption of the accompanying vote. 

GEO. ALBREE, 
WILMOT R. HASTINGS, 
PELEG GARDNER, 
A. R. BUNTING, 
E. H. KITFIELD. 

Whereas, the Marblehead Water Company has petitioned 
the General Court of the Commonwealth for legislation which 
will require any city or town, before it can be supplied with 
water from the Metropolitan system of water supply, to first 
acquire the works of any water company in such city or town 
constructed for the purpose of supplying such city or town, or 
its inhabitants, with water; and also another petition praying 
that Chapter 283 of the Acts of the year 1884, and all other acts 
or parts of acts authorizing the City of Lynn to supply the Town 
of Swampscott, or its inhabitants, with water, be repealed ; and 

W7iereas, the inhabitants of the Town of Swampscott most 
emphatically oppose this proposed legislation, and deem it im- 
portant that the interests of the Town should be looked after as 
to any legislation that may come before the present General 
Court, relating to matters which may affect the Town of Swamp- 
scott as 'to a water supply ; it is therefore 

Voted. That the Committee on Future Water Supply be 
and hereby is authorized and directed to use all lawful and proper 
means to defeat the above-mentioned proposed legislation, and to 
employ counsel to represent the Town at any hearing that may 
be granted upon either of said petitions; and the members of 
the General Court are hereby respectfully and earnestly requested 
to refuse the legislation which said petitions seek to secure ; and 



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the said committee is hereby further authorized and directed to 
look after any other legislation that now, is or may hereafter 
come before the present General Court, affecting the interests of 
the Town of Swampscott as to a water supply, and to take such 
action in relation thereto as they deem advisable and proper, and 
to employ counsel to represent the Town at any hearing that 
may be granted relating thereto. 

Motion. That the reports of the Water Committee be ac- 
cepted and that the thanks of the Town be extended to said 
committee for their services, and that the matter of water suj^ply 
be referred to the Selectmen with full power to purchase the 
water works, franchise, and all property now owned by the 
Marblehead Water Company, in accordance with proposal sub- 
mitted, providing that the amount for said purchase does not ex- 
ceed $100,000, the money to be raised by the issue of water 
bonds, State loan, or notes, as the Selectmen may decide. In 
case of failure of the Selectmen and said Water Company to 
make a transfer, it is further moved that the Selectmen be 
authorized to contract with said company for a supply of water 
for the Town for a period not exceeding five years, at the best 
terms possible, but that the option of the purchase or contract be 
left with the Selectmen to act in the matter as in their judgment 
is for the best interest of the Town, and report at their earliest 
convenience, was negatived. 

Voted. To adopt report No. 2 of Future Water Supply 
Committee. 

Voted. To lay Art. 3 upon the table. 

Resolved and Voted. That the Committee on Future Water 
Supply of the Town of Swampscott, be and is hereby instructed 
and authorized to at once open negotiations with the Marblehead 
Water Company, looking to the purchase of their property, 
rights, privileges, etc., at a price which can be mutually agreed 
upon, and report at a Special Town Meeting to be called prior to 
the date of the Annual Town Meeting, for the ratification or re- 
jection of such agreement as may be concluded between the 
company and the Town Committee on Future Water Supply. 

Voted. To adopt resolution accompanying Report No. 2, as 
follows : 



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Whereas, the Marblehead Water Company has petitioned 
the General Court of the Commonwealth for legislation which 
will require any city or town, before it can be supplied with 
water from the Metropolitan system of water supply, to first ac- 
quire the works of any water company in such city or town 
constructed for the purpose of supplying such city or town, or 
its inhabitants, with water; and also another petition praying 
that Chapter 283 of the Acts of the year 1884, and all other acts 
or parts of acts authorizing the City of Lynn to supply the Town 
of Swnmpscott, or its inhabitants, with water, be repealed ; and 

Whereas, the inhabitants of the Town of Swampscott most 
emphatically oppose this proposed legislation, and deem it im- 
portant that the interests of the Town should be looked after ns 
to any legislation that may come before the present General 
Court, relating to matters which may affect the Town of Swamp- 
scott as to a water supply ; it is therefore 

Voted. That the Committee on Future Water Supply be 
and hereby is authorized and directed to use all lawful and proper 
means to defeat the above-mentioned proposed legislation, and to 
employ counsel to represent the Town at any hearing that may 
be granted upon either of said petitions; and the members of the 
General Court are hereby respectfully and earnestly requested to 
refuse the legislation which said petitions seek to secure; and 
the said committee is hereby further authorized and directed to 
look after any other legislation that now, is 'or may hereafter 
come before the present General Court, affecting the interests of 
the Town of Swampscott as to a water supply, and to take such 
action in relation thereto as they deem advisable and proper, and 
to employ counsel to represent the Town at any hearing that 
may be granted relating thereto. 

Motion. To take Art. 3 from the table. 

Voted. To dissolve at 8.20 p. m. 

Attest: 

GEO. T. TILL,. 

Tow7i Clerk. 



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List of Jurors. 



Prepared and posted by tlie Selectmen, for the consider- 
ation of the Town at the Annual Meeting, March 21, 1898. 



ALBREE, JOHN Jr. 
ASHTON, HERMAN F. 
BLANCHARD, GEORGE H. 
BONNEY, FRANK L. 
BRADFORD, FRANK H. 
BURDETTE, MELVIN W. 
CONNER, GEORGE M. 
COWDREY, WILLIAM C. 
CULLEN, HENRY N. 
CURTIN, JAMES H. 
DOUGHTY, WILLIS E. 
DOUGL ASS, SYLVESTER F. 
EASTMAN, ENOCH S. 
EVANS, CHARLES E. 
HOWES, FREEMAN 
HOVEY, GEORGE H. 
HARRIS, CHARLES E. 
HUTT, WILLIAM D. 
JACKSON, CHARLES T. 
JEFFERS, CHARLES P. 



KEEFE, JOHN F. 
MERRITT, JOHN R. 
NIES, MARTIN E. 
NISBETT, DAVID W. 
PARKER, SAMUEL R. 
PORTER, SAMUEL M. 
PEDRICK, BENJAMIN G- 
PORTER, MILTON D. 
RICH, BENJAMIN F. 
ROWE, ALLEN S. 
SPINNEY, JOSEPH D. 
STUBBS, WHITFIELD A. 
STANLEY, JOHN G. 
THOMAS, JAMES 
THOMAS, JOHN C. 
TUTTLE, EDGAR M. 
ULMAN, ISAAC A. 
VARINA, WILLIAM W. 
WEBSTER, GEORGE C. 
WIDGER, JAMES H. 



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Report of the Selectmen. 



To the Citizens of Swaonpscott : 

In dealing with the complex interests of a municipality like 
ours, it can hardly be expected that those upon whom the burden 
of authority has been laid could administer its affairs without 
giving offense to some one. Nevertheless, if your Selectmen 
can be assured that their sincere efforts to work for the best in- 
terests of the Town are in the main approved by a majority of 
its citizens, they will feel that they have not labored in vain. The 
year just drawing to a close has brought its full share of perplex- 
ing questions. One of the first to receive attention was that 
relating to 

THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. 

An attempt was made to lift this department out of the 
slough of offensive partisanship. Seth C. Kendrick was appointed 
Chief, and the force was exhorted to a strict attention to duty, 
avoiding any undue prominence in factional movements or dis- 
putes. Their work has been satisfactory, and they have attended 
quietly to their duties without ostentatious display. While we 
have had, no complaints concerning members of the force, we 
have, on the contrary, received for them words of commendation 
from our townspeople. 

ILLEGAL LIQUOR SELLING. 

The Selectmen directed the Chief of Police to exert his best 
efforts to stop the illegal sale of liquor, which had been going on 
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was obtained, and three convictions were secured. The move- 
ment in this direction has been successful, and we believe the 
traffic has been stopped, but a watchful eye is still open for 
offenses in this direction. 

THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

As the terms of office in this department expire May 1, no 
attempt was made to institute changes until that time, when a 
new Board of Engineers was appointed. The call men then left 
in a body, regardless of possible consequences. This action was 
not only a serious menace to the safety of the Town but was 
totally unnecessary, as many had been requested to remain. Fore- 
seeing this possibility, however, the Selectmen had arranged with 
Chief Downing, of Lynn, to respond to all< Swampscott alarms, 
and he at once placed at the Town's disposal the facilities of his 
department. For several weeks the property of Swampscott 
was thus protected, and the Board desires to publicly express to 
Chief Downing its gratitude for his kind offers of assistance. 
Meanwhile the new men who had been enrolled were afforded 
time for training. 

Results have demonstrated the wisdom of the changes made. 
Whereas our people had been accustomed to witness the rescue 
of cellars, the new department has been saving the buildings. If 
any change has been made in rates of insurance, they are, if any- 
thing, lower than ever before. In fact, we are informed that 
lower rates on dwelling house risks went into effect this present 
month. 

Unpaid bills of this department, some being of many months 
standing, and amounting to 1722.71, were left over from last year 
and had to be paid out of this year's appropriation. 

The policy was adopted this year of working the fire depart- 
ment horses on the public streets. This has been generally com- 
mended. Care was taken to have some of the horses always in 
the engine house, and the others worked where they could quickly 
return if needed. The details of the Engineers' Report will 
prove interesting. 



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IMPORTAXT IMPROVEMENTS. 

The liability to accident at the ledge in Kedington street, 
called for the removal of the obstruction. This has been accom- 
plished, and the street is graded in a proper and careful manner, 
leaving it now safe for public travel. 

The open drain on Humphrey street, at the Marshall estate, 
has been covered over and made safe, a 24-inch pipe drain being 
laid. Much of the fence here was out in the street and has been 
moved back to the street line. The sidewalk, which had previ- 
ously been a source of danger, has been made safe. Taken as a 
whole, this is in our opinion an improvement of great value. It 
also removes the necessity of frequent repairs, and this will 
eventually effect a saving. 

Street crossings have been laid, as voted, in Railroad avenue 
and Burrill, Phillips ^nd Redington streets. A representative of 
the Board was courteously received by Supt. Perkins of the 
Boston & Maine railroad, and the interview resulted in the pay- 
ment of nearly $100 by that corporation towards defraying the 
expense of the Railroad avenue crossing. 

The new fence on Essex street has removed a great liability 
to accident and consequent suits for damages, and has at the same 
time much improved the appearance of that thoroughfare. 

THE STATE HIGHWAY. 

As instructed by the Town, legislative hearings were at- 
tended, by the Selectmen, in aid of the " North Shore " State 
road, from Boston to Newburyport. This Board has, by all 
means in its power, assisted in helping on this important work. 
It has caused an accurate survey to be made, and a petition was 
then presented to the State Highway Commission, as provided by 
statute, praying that the highway be laid out as shown. This 
preliminary action is necessary before any work can be done. It 
may not perhaps be generally considered that the Town must 
pay its proportion of the amount appropriated by the State, 
whether the work is done in Berkshire county or in Essex. 
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the comparatively small sum expended for preliminary survey, 
the Town will soon be in possession of a beautiful drive, from the 
pumping station to Vinnin square, through Paradise woods, this 
being a connecting link of the great highway. Incidentally, we 
may say that the authorities of Salem are just commencing to see 
the value of this great public improvement, and are taking steps 
looking toward its advancement within the limits of that city. 

PURCHASE OF PROCTOR LOT. 

A clear title to the Proctor lot, adjoining the Town Hall, has 
been obtained, as voted by the Town. It is probable that in the 
near future the buildings on the lot, which are in a dilapidated 
condition, should be removed or torn down and the lot cleared. 

CEMETERY IMPROVEMENT. 

As the appointed committee was unsuccessful in its attempt 
to purchase Alden South worth's land, adjoining the cemetery, 
and as the sentiment of the Town was opposed to further action in 
that direction, unless the land could be bought at a price which 
was, in the opinion of the committee, favorable to the Town's 
interests, no action has been taken by the Selectmen towards 
borrowing money. There has been .no pressing need the past 
year for cemetery improvement. The Board recommends, how- 
ever, that the sum of $700 be appropriated, to be expended during 
the coming season in laying out and partly developing the unoccu- 
pied land now owned by the Town. This amount would admit 
of a comprehensive survey and plan being made, leaving sufficient 
funds for a substantial start in constructing avenues and laying 
out lots. At moderate cost, from year to year, the work can be 
carried along on the same plan, as lots are needed. The Town 
has over two acres of land available for this purpose. 

LAYING OUT STREETS. 

Petitions have been received that certain streets be laid out 
by the Selectmen. Of these, Berkshire and Hampden streets are 
in the territory of the Stetson Land Co. ; Monument avenue, 



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Elmwood road, Thomas road, Andrew road and Farragut road 
are within the bounds of the Swampscott Land Trust. Action 
on laying out these streets has been deferred, in the hope that 
the water question might first be settled. The Town counsel has 
advised us that it would be wiser for the Town not to accept any 
streets in these two private estates until after the water question 
has been decided, so as not to do anything that may under any 
circumstances complicate the situation. This Board sees no other 
good reason why these streets should not be accepted. It seems 
possible that a solution of the water question may soon be 
reached. Therefore the streets have been laid out, leaving the 
Town to decide upon the time when it may seem best to accept 
them. 

A petition was received, asking that a street be laid out 
from Orient street, opposite the " Little Anawan," to Humphrey 
street, opposite Glen road. It seemed inexpedient to incur the 
necessary large expense at this time, and the petitioners were 
given leave to withdraw. 

SURFACE WATER IN ESSEX STREET. 

Water in Essex street, between the cemetery and the head 
of Stetson avenue, has heretofore been allowed to run into a 
vacant lot, where it remained until it soaked away. The owners 
desired to build upon this land, and took away the privilege hith- 
erto enjoyed by the Town. How to be rid of the water w^as a 
problem ; but after much effort an arrangement was finally 
effected with the trustees of the Stetson Land Co., by which 
they allowed a connection to be made with their drain. This 
caused a material addition to the expense of the Highway 
department. 

APPROPRIATIONS. 

We recommend that the following amounts for the various 
departments be appropriated for the current year : 

Selectmen's Department $4,500 00 

Highway Department 5,500 00 

School Department • 16,000 00 



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Health Department . . • . 




2,000 


00 


Police 




4,500 


00 


Poor Department .... 




3,000 


00 


Fire Department 


Receipts and 


5,000 


00 


Town Hall 


Receipts and 


900 


00 


Catch Basin and Gutter 




500 


00 


Sidewalks 




1,000 


00 


Concrete and Curbstones . 




500 


00 






1,010 


00 






650 


00 


Library 


, Dog Tax Receipts and 


450 


00 






35 


00 






lOU 


00 






750 


00 


Soldiers' and Sailors' Aid 




500 


00 






3,800 


00 






4,500 


00 


County Tax (estimated) 




5,500 


00 



WILMOT R. HASTINGS, ) Selectmen 
JAMES H. MOULTON, [ of 
GEORGE T. MELZARD, ) Swampscott, 



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Report of the School Committee. 



To the Citizens of Swampscott : 

In presenting our Annual Report, we renew our gratitude 
for the continued co-operation of parents and citizens. We as- 
sure you that your interest is having a very marked effect upon 
our schools, and greatly lightening the burden of committee and 
teachers. Our schools are in excellent condition and improving 
every year. Our boys and girls seem to be alive to the fact that 
to go out into the world without an education would be like a 
ship putting to sea without rudder or compass. We quote the 
following from the State Board of Education, showing what our 
State is doing for the Public Schools. 

"The State has about three and one-half times as many in- 
habitants as fifty years ago, nine times as much property, and 
expends exclusively, for school maintenance, eleven times as 
much money. That is to say, the people have increased in wealth 
nearly three times as fast as they have increased in number, and 
have shown their growing regard for education by increasing 
their expenditures for schools even more rapidly than they have 
grown in wealth. Does it all pay? Attention has already been 
called, in a previous report, to the significant earning power of 
Massachusetts people, as shown by census statistics, the average 
being 73 cents a day for every man, woman and child, as against 
an average of 40 cents a day for each person in the whole coun- 
try. This excess of 33 cents a day means $100 a year for each 
inhabitant of Massachusetts, or $250,000,000 a year for the en- 
tire population, — an amount so large that the annual expenditure 
for education, which is about one twenty-fifth of that sum, seems 



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relatively insignificant. Thoughtful men attribute this vast excess 
of wealth-producing power to that intelligence, self-reliance and 
character that are so well nurtured under Massachusetts influences 
and largely in her public schools. The expenditure for schools, 
if we measure results in a mere utilitarian way, seems, therefore, 
to pay for itself many times over. When we look further, how- 
ever, we see returns of a more exalted kind in the expansion of 
the human mind, in its deeper insight into the realm of nature, in 
its better comprehension of social and civic duties, in the opening 
of new and perennial springs for its refreshment and enjoyment 
— in everything, indeed, that makes for its larger and richer life, — 
returns not yielded by every school, but coming, in a large way, 
from the schools as a whole. Whatever one's material earnings and 
possessions, it remains true that the only world he actually lives 
in, the only kingdom that is really his, is the kingdom of his own 
mind. As life is worth living, this kingdom is worth extending 
and enriching; and the public schools, therefore, which is the 
most potent and persistent contributor to the wealth of this king- 
dom, is equally worth supporting and perfecting.'^ 

TEACHERS. 

Our teachers are still performing faithful and conscientious 
service. 

There have been two changes during the year. We were 
obliged to open a first grade school at Pine street to relieve Miss 
Verry, whose school was much too large for one teacher. This 
has given us an oj^portunity to separate the grades, Avhich we are 
doing as fast as practicable. We appointed Miss Charlotte Bain, 
a graduate of the Salem Normal School, as teacher of the first 
grade, leaving Miss Verry with the second and third grades. We 
also were obliged to relieve Miss Ellis, teacher of the Redington 
Street l*rimary, whose school came under Section 14 of Chapter 
44 of the Public Statutes, which reads as follows : 

"In every public school having an average of fifty scholars, 
the school district or town to which such school belongs, shall 
employ one or more female assistants, unless such district or town 
votes to dispense with such assistant." 



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28 



We appointed Miss Edith Farnum as assistant in this school. 

We think we shall be obliged to chano;e the school district 
lines next spring, in order to farther relieve the Essex and Pine 
street schools, and it may necessitate the opening of a first grade 
school in the Redington street building, which can be accom- 
plished with the same teaching force we have at present. The 
foUovving figures will show how our schools are increasing: In 
1891 our school membership was 434, in 1898, 677, a gain of 243 
in seven years. 

TEXT BOOKS AND SUPPLIES. 

We are glad to be able to report that the words of caution 
regarding the destruction of books and supplies* which were in- 
serted in our report of last year have had the desired effect. We 
hope that the same care and prudence will be used the coming 
year. 

MUSIC AND DRAWING. 

These branches are still under the charge of Miss Elizabeth 
A. Bill. It is surprising to see the steady gain that has been go- 
ing on in this department for the past seven years. It is a 
pleasure to listen to the singing of our school children and to see 
how much it adds to the general exercises. The home and the 
church are also benefited by this training. In drawing, the same 
improvement is noted. Color work has been taken up the past 
year with good success. Some fine work is on exhibition in the 
corridors of the Phillips School, and has been pronounced by ex- 
perts to be very creditable. We hope the citizens and parents 
will find time to examine it. 

OBSERVANCJE OF HOLIDAYS. 
It is customary to nppro])riately observe the several holidays, 
Memorial Day and Christmas receiving the most attention. On 
Memorial Day the Grnnd Army were present and occupied seats 
on the platform. An address was delivered by Capt. Henry M. 
Comey, giving a record of the soldiers and sailors from Swamp- 
scott who served in the army and n:ivy in the rebellion. An in- 
teresting feature was the presentation to the Phillips School in 



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behalf of the Grand Army of a cannon which was taken from the 
Gun Boat Ossipee that served in the South Atlantic Squadron 
during the war. Remarks were made by the Chairman of the 
School Board, also Capt. Eldridge F. Small and others. This oc- 
casion we feel sure will be remembered by the boys and girls long 
after the Grand Army have answered to the long roll call. 
Christmas was celebrated with recitations and singing appropri- 
ate to the season. A large number of parents and friends were 
present who manifested a deep interest and spoke words of ap- 
preciation which we assure them are very helpful to both teachers 
and scholars. 

CHEMICAL LABORATORY. 

At the last Annual Town Meeting there was appropriated 
the sum of twenty-five hundred dollars to build and equip a 
Chemical Laboratory. 

Your Committee felt very grateful for this generous appro- 
priation as it enabled them to place our High School in this de- 
partment on a first class basis and above criticism. We accepted 
the plans of Holman K. Wheeler, architect of the Phillips School. 

The contract was awarded to Messrs. Titus & Poor as the 
lowest bidders. The work was performed in a satisfactory man- 
ner. 

We think it best not to fully equip the Laboratory at pres- 
ent but to select from time to time the most improved apparatus. 
We hope our fellow townsmen will visit the Laboratory, for we 
feel sure they will appreciate it. 

SANITARY CONDITION. 

We have effected a change in the sanitary condition of the 
Essex Street School by the removal of the out-buildings from the 
rear to a proper distance on the east side. Up to the present 
time we had seen no bad effect from their nearness to the School 
building, but we did not think it prudent to allow them to remain 
longer. 

We have reason to be grateful for the healthful condition of 
our schools. Your committee attribute this in part to the cleanly 
condition of school buildings and grounds. 



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We see that they are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at 
least twice a year. Out of a membership of 677 pupils, we have 
had but one death during the year and that was caused by an 
accident. Can Swampscott be called an unhealthy town ? 



KEPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS. 

We have had but very little to do the present year outside 
of the ordinary repairs. We were obliged to shingle the Red- 
dington Street school-house, build a retaining wall on the Geo. H. 
Ilolden line, Mr. Holden bearing his share of the expense ; also 
lay a stone gutter in the Essex Street school yard. The Phillips 
School grounds have been improved by the planting of shrubbery. 
We hope soon to be able to grade the rear of the lot, as it would 
give the scholars a good play ground. It is the endeavor of 
your Committee not to be extravagant in the way of improve- 
ments and rejjairs, but to expend a sufficient amount each year to 
keep the buildings and grounds in good order. 

GIFTS TO PHILLIPS SCHOOL. 

SuDject. By whom presented. 

Alexander's Teiumph, Bas-Relief .... Class 1900^ High School 
Mountain of the Holy Cross, Colored Photo. Class '^"7, Grade VIII 

Highland Cattle, Engraving Class '07, Grade VII 

2.3 Books for School Library Class '97, Grade VII 

Appollo Belvidere, Bust Class '97, Grade VI 

Three Stuffed Birds . Class '97, Grade VI 

Stuffed Squirrel Class '97, Grade VI 

The Door of the Fold, Photograph Class '97, Grade V 

75 Books for School Library^ Class '97, Grade V 

Grand Canal, Venice, Colored Photograph Class' 97, Grades IV and V 

40 Library Books Class '97, Grades IV and V 

33 Library Books Class '97, Grade IV 

Books and Papers Mrs. 0. M. Smith 

Books Mrs. M. E. Newhall 

Book Miss L. Galeucia 

Book Miss M. C. Jackson 



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GRADUATION EXERCISES. 
Graduation Exercises of the Swampscott High School, at 
Phillips School Hall, Wednesday evening, June 23, 1897, com- 
mencing at 7.45 o'clock. 

Invocation llec. George A. Jackson 

Song— "Away to the Fields" Boy Chorus 

Dp:clamation — " Extract from a Speech of Senator Lodge, 

on ' Cuban Resolution ' " Balph E. Maxfield 

OiiATioN— Cuba" Tlerbert T. Curtis 

Song — "Heave Ho" (A Sea Yarn) BenJ. E. Gelchell 

Essay— "Three Celebrated Women of the French Revo- 
lution " M. Louise Ashton 

Recitation — " The Street Musician" Annie V. Bergin 

Song— " Anchored " Boy Chorus 

Dhclamation — " Extract from Speech of Senator Thurston, 

on the ' Monroe Doctrine ' " William B. Phillips 

Poem — " Class Prophecy" Blanch P. Bassett 

Song— " The Skylark" G. Herbert Murphy 

Oration—" The Heavens in June " licnj. E. Getchell 

Song — " The Alpine Shepherd " . Boy Chorus 

Valedictory Essay—" Modern Scotch Fiction " . . Maude F. Alden 

Song — " Graduates' Farewell " Class of ''97 

PRESENTATION OF DIPLOMAS By Chairman of the School 
Board. 

PRESENTATION OF PHILLIPS MEDALS. 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF HONORS gained in the Phillips School during 
the year, Edwin M. Bailey. 

GRADUATES. 

Classical Course— Maude Frances Alden. 

Latin Scientific Course— Mautua Louise Asiiton, Blanch Proc- 
tor Bassett. 

English Course— Benjamin Everett Getchell, Herbert Thomas 
Curtis. 



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[Feb. 28 



Special Course— Annie Veronica Bergin. . 

Partial Oowrse— William Benjamin Phillips, Ralph Everett 
Maxfield. 

Selected List for 1897. 



PUPILS WHOSE RANK IN ALL STUDIES AVERAGED A. 

MAUDE F. ALDEN, ANNA F. WILLEY, 

EOY E. CRANE, MIRA M. SOUTHWORTII, 

LILLIAN A. PATTEN, GRACE N. TAYLOR, 

OLIVE W. WILLEY, HORACE C. HOLDEN, 

JAMES M. McNAMARA, BLANCH E. WEBSTER, 

BESSIE L. BUTTERWORTH, ELSIE M. HUSSEY, 

PRUDENCE W. POTTER, W. PERCY NORCROSS. 



Roll Of Honor for 1897. 



PUPILS WHO HAVE BEEN NEITHER ABSENT NOR TARDY DURING 
THE YEAR. 

C. HENRY HOLBROOK, G. BERTRAM GILMAN, 

BENJAMIN B. BLANCHARD, DELMONT D. COLE, 

HERBERT E. CAHOON, GRACE E. HOLMES, 

FLORENCE E. MARSH, GEORGE T. POOR. 



Phillips Medals Presented to Pupils of the High School. 



Gold Medal, for Superior Scholarship, Maude F. Aldex. 

Silver Medal, for Excellence in English Composition and 
Declamation, Granville Ingalls. 

Two Silver Medals for Superior Deportment, Addie L. 
Phillips, Sarah J. Finnegan. 

{Medal BeinscHhed), Annie V. Beegin. 

(^Certificate), Ernest A. Knowles. 



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Scale of Salaries for Teachers. 



Grammar — ^ or more years' experience (maximum), $600. 
Primary — 3 or more years' experience (maximum), $450. 
Primary — 2 years' experience, $400. 
Primxiry — 1 year's experience, $350. 
Primary — No previous experience, $300. 



Holidays for the School Year. 



Washington's Birthday. 

Patriot's Day, Tuesday, April 19th. 

Memorial Day. 

Seventeenth of June. 

Labor Day. 

Thanksgiving recess, beginning Wednesday noon. 



Calendar for School Year, 1898. 



Winter Term, 1898, begins Jan. 3; closes Feb. 25. 
Spring Term, 1898, begins March 7 ; closes April 29. 
Summer Term, 1898, begins May 9 ; closes June 30. 
Fall Term, 1898, begins Sept. 6; closes Dec. 23. 
Winter Term, 1899, begins Jan. 1. 



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Corps of Teachers, January, 1 S9S. 



Name. 



Gardner P. Balcli . 
A. Lillian Eideout 
Mabel E. lugalls . 
Elleu M» Dewing . 
Elizabeth J. Hadley 
M. H. Feruald . . 
Frances A. Gould . 
Isabelle M. Hutt . 
Mabel Knight . 
Emma J. Machon 
May E. Jackson . 
Mabel F. Yerry 
Charlotte Bain 
Emily P. Ellis . . 
Edith Farnum . . 
Edith S. Gardner . 
Louise C. Stanley . 
Elizabeth A. Bill . 



School. 



Phillips < 



High . . . 
High . . . 

Asst. . 
Grade YIIL . 
Grade Yll. . 
Grade YI. . . 
Grade Y. . . 
Grade lY. . 
I " Grades IY.& Y. 
'Essex St. Grades IL & III 
lEssex St., Grade I. . . 
Pine St., Grades IL & III 
Pine St., Grade 1. . . . 
Redingt'n St.,Gr. I. IL III 
" Asst. . . 
Beach, Grades L, IL, III 
Farms, Grades L, II. , III 
Music and Drawinsi . . 



Date of Appointment. 

Sept. 1888 

Sept. 1893 

Sept. 1894 

Jan. 1894 

Sept. 1880 — Dec. 1S72. 

Sept. 1888 

Sept. 1888 

Sept. 1894 — /a Ji. 1S92. 

Nov. 1894 

April 1880 

Nov. 1894 

April 189G 

Sept. 1897 

Jan. 1895 

Sept. 1897 

Sept. 1894 

Jan. 1888 

Jan. 1890 



[ Date of appointment to present position is given in Roman type. If the teacher 
has previouslj' served in other schools in town, the earliest date of such appoint- 
ment is stated in italics.] 



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School Statistics for 1897. 



- 

NAME OF SCITOOL. 


Number of sittings. \ 


Largest number of pupils at 
any one time. 


Number enrolled. 


Average age. 


Average number of pupils 
during winter term. 


Average number of pupils 
during spring term. 


Average number of pupils 
during summer term. 


Average number of pupils 
during fall term. 


Average attendance during 
winter term. 


Average attendance during 
spring term. 


Average attendance during 
summer term. 


Average attendance during 
fall term. 


Per cent, of attendance. 


Phillips School. 




























/High 


72 


G4 


59 


16 


56 


53 


50 


60.5 


52.5 


50 


50 


58.5 


96 


1 Grade VTII 


48 


47 


39 


14.5 


40 


36 


35 


43 


37 


33.5 


34 


43 


94.5 


\ Grade VII 


48 


46 


47 


13.8 


46.5 


45 


43 


44.3 


45 


43 


36.3 




93.7 


/Grade VI 


52 


53 


50 


13 


49 


42.7 


15.7 


50.5 


47.5 


42.3 




50.5 


97 




51 


51 


55 


11.7 


42.6 


48.5 


48.6 


49 


39.6 


45.6 


46.5 


47.8 


95 


1 Grades IV. and V 


48 


46 


55 


12 


45 


44 


45 


39 


41 


42 


43 


37 


94 




54 


54 


52 


10 


47 


46.5 


51 


52.5 


44 


46.5 


49 


52 


97.5 


Essex St., Grade I 


42 


41 


61 


6 


33 


36 


. 


40.5 


30 


33 


36 


37 


93 


Essex St., Grades II. and III 


42 


45 


46 


8.8 


43 


43.5 


45 


35 


39.5 


42 


43 


33.7 


95 




39 


38 


58 


7 


36 


42 


47.5 


31.5 


30.8 


38.6 


43 


29.3 


90 




50 


37 


23 


5 








33 








30 


91 


Redington St., Grades I. II. III. 


53 


53 


55 


7 


33 


43 


51 


39 


29.9 


40 


48 


36.7 


■92.5 




42 


36 


42 


7.8 


26 


28 


34 


31 


22 


25.6 


31 


29 


94.3 


The Farms 


28 


28 


35 




26 


H 


27 


23 


24 


13 


25 


22 


93 



Number enrolled in Town — Jan. 1898, 677; 1897, 648; 1896, 598; 1895, 560. 
Increase over last year, 29 pupils. 



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Course of Study. 



FIRST YEAR. 

Teach common words by aid of toys and reading from black- 
board. Begin reading from books as soon as possible. 
Read first half of as many First Readers as possible. 

Spelling — From the reading lessons. 

Language — Copy easy sentences from the board, object lessons 
from familiar objects, correct errors in use of language, poems 
memorized. 

Arithmetic — Numbers from 1 to 10, fractional parts, Roman 

numerals, use objects, lines, etc. 
Writing — On paper, Duntonian Vertical System. 
Drawing — On paper from solids, clay modeling. 
Geography — Familiar objects about home, at school, out of 

doors, domestic animals, well known birds, common insects, 

flowers, plants, etc. 
Music — As directed by music teacher. 
Nature Work — Following Boyden's Outlines. 

. • SECOND YEAR. 

Reading — Second half of five First Readers, and first half of 

four Second Readers, phonetic analysis. 
Spelling — Oral and written spelling from reading and language 

lessons of not more than twenty words in a week. 
Language — First year's work continued. 

Arithmetic — Numbers through 25, Roman numerals, original 

. concrete problems by the pupils, fractional parts. 
Writing — Writing books, copy exercises from the board, writ- 
ing selections from reading books and from dictation. 
Drawing — From objects, clay modeling. 

Geography — Familiar objects, houses, school-room, streets, 
buildings, neighborhood, a village, a city, cardinal points of 
compass, horizon, earth, land, air, etc. 

Music — As directed by special teacher. 

Nature Worh — Following Boyden's Outlines. 



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THIRD YEAR. 

Reading — Last half of Second Readers, phonetic analysis. 

Spelling — Oral and written, exercises dictated from reading 
lessons, twenty words each week. 

Language — Parti, Mary Hyde's Language Lessons, dictation 
exercises, poems memorized. 

Arithmetic — Numbers to 100, use of common measures, Roman 
numerals, written arithmetic, four operations with no multi- 
plier or divisor exceeding two figures, writing numbers 
through thousands, fractional parts, common measures. 

Writing — With pen and ink. 

Draioing — Prang No. 1 Drawing Book. Supplementary work. 
Physiology — Taught orally, the external parts of the body, 
hygiene. 

Geography — Our Town, our State, j^osition, boundaries, plans 
and maps, land and water in Town and the State, parts of 
animals, vegetables, etc. 

History — Stories, holidays. 

Mvsic — As directed by special teacher. 

Nature Work — Following Boyden's Outlines. 

FOURTH YEAR. 

Heading — First half of Third Reader, King's Geographical 
Reader, The Beginner's American History, Fables and Folk- 
stories, phonetic analysis. 

Spelling — Not more than twenty words each week from reading 
lessons and Geography. 

Language — Part I, Mary Hyde's Lessons. 

Arithmetic — Mental arithmetic, written arithmetic, four opera- 
tions, addition and subtraction of decimal and common frac- 
tions. United States money, denominate numbers, elementary 
work with simple examples. 

Geography — Studied, from Globe in hands of pupil, the world 
as a whole, form, size, motions, hemispheres, zones, seasons, 
animals, plants, people, races, civilization, continent, oceans, 
position, form, size, etc.. North America, United States, our 
State. 



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Draioing — Prang No. 2 Drawing Book. Supplementary work. 
Writing — From copy book. 

Physiology — Read Child's Health Primer, Talks on Hygiene. 
History — Stories. 

31usic — As directed by special teacher. 
Nature Work — Following Boyden's Outlines. 

FIFTH YEAR. 

Beading — Second half of Third Reader, Gods and Heroes, 
King's Geographical Reader, The Beginner's American His- 
tory and King of Golden River, phonetic analysis. 

Spelling — Same as previous- year. 

Language — Sheldon's Language Lessons, selections from the 
poets. 

Arithmetic — Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division 
of United States money, elementar}^ fractions, tables of 
weights and measures, simple examples in percentage, factor- 
ing and multiples, simple examples only are to be used, . 

Geography — The Continents, form, size, extent. North America, 
United States, with special Geography of New England and 
and our own State, map drawing. 

Writing — From copy book. 

Drawing — Prang No. 3. Drawing Book. Supplementar}^ work. 
Physiology — Child's Health Primer. 
History — Stories, Historical Reader. 
3Iusic — As directed by special teacher. 
Nature Work — Following Boyden's Outlines. 

SIXTH YEAR. 

Reading — Hiawatha, King's Geographical Reader, with other 

supplementary reading, phonetic analysis. 
Spelling — Same as previous grades. 

Language — Mary Hyde's Lessons, Part IH, letter wanting, com- 
position writing, declamations, selections from the poets. 

Arithmetic — Fractions, reductions, weights and measures, sim- 
ple examples in percentacje and interest. 



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Geography — Finish the United States, South America, map 
drawing. 

History — The discoveries and settlements, abstracts on famous 
men. 

Physiology — Skeleton and process of digestion, hygiene effects 

of alcohol and narcotics. 
Writing — From copy book. 

Drawing — Prang No. 4 Drawing Book. Supplementary w^ork. 
Music — As directed by special teacher. 
Nature Work — Following Boyden's Outlines. 

SEVENTH YEAR. 

Reading — Tanglewood Tales, Sharp Eyes, with other supple- 
mentary reading 
Spelling — As in previous grades. 

Language — Mary Hyde's Lessons, Part IV. Composition writ- 
ing, bills, advertisements and telegrams, declamations, 
selections from the poets. 

Arithmetic — Measui-ements, percentage, interest. 

Geography — Europe and Asia, map drawing. 

History — French and Indian War, Revolutionary War and the 
War of 1812. Abstracts on famous men. 

Physiology — Muscles, respiration, circulation, effect of alcohol 
and narcotics, hygiene. 

Drawing — Prang No. 5 Drawing Book. Supplementary work. 

Writing ^Yrom copy book. 

Music — As directed by special teacher. 

Nature Work — Following Boyden's Outlines. 

EIGHTH YEAR. 

Reading — Masterpieces in English Literature and other sup]>le- 

montary reading. 
Spelling — As in previous grades. 

Language — Grammar, written work, composition writing, dec- 
lamations, selections from the poets. 

Arithmetic — Banking, stocks and bonds, proportion, simj)le ex- 
amples in square root and mensuration, reviews. 



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Geography — Completed and reviewed topically. 
History — Completed and reviewed topically. 
Physiology — Nervous system, special senses, hygiene reviewed 
topically. 

Drawing — Prang No. 6 Drawing Book. Supplementary work. 
Writing — Copy book. 
3fusic — As directed by special teacher. 
Nature Work — Following Boyden's Outlines. 



Course of Study — High School. 



CLASSICAL COURSE. 

FIRST YEAR. 

English, 4 Periods per week ; Latin, 4; Algebra, 4; Bookkeeping, 
2 ; Physical Geography, 2 ; Drawing, 2. 

SECOND YEAR. 

English, 4 ; Latin, 4 ; Greek, 4 ; Geometry, 4 ; Civil Govern- 
ment, 2. 

THIRD YEAR. 

Latin, 4; Greek, 3; French, 4; Mathematics (Algebra 2, Geome- 
try 2), 4 ; History, 3. . 

FOURTH YEAR. 

English, 4; Latin, 4; Greek, 4; History, 3 ; French, 3. 



LATIN-SCIENTIFIC COURSE. 

FIRST YEAR. 

Same as classical. 

SECOND YEAR. 

English, 2; Latin, 4; French, 4; Geometry, 4; Civil Govern- 
ment, 2 ; Botany, 2. 



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THIRD YEAR. 

Latin, 4 ; French, 3 ; Mathematics (Algebra 2, Geometry 2). 4 ; 
Physics, 5 ; History, 3. 

FOURTH YEAR. 

English, 4 ; Latin, 4 ; German, 4 ; History, 3 ; Chemistry, 4 ; 
French, 3. 



ENGLISH COURSE. 

FIRST YEAR. 

English, 4; French, 4; Algebra, 4; Bookkee})ing, 2; Physical 
Geography, 2 ; Drawing, 2. 

SECOND YEAR. 

English, 5; French, 3; Geometry, 4; Civil Government, 2; 
Botany, 2 ; Drawing, 1. 

THIRD YEAR. 

English, 2 ; French, 3 ; History, 3 ; Physics, 5 ; Astronomy, 3 ; 
Drawing, 1. 

FOURTH YEAR. 

English, 4 ; German, 4 ; History, 3 ; Chemistry, 4 ; Geology, 3 ; 
Drawing, 1. 

Music, 2 periods a week for all pupils, also Declamation and 
Composition, 1 period home reading of the following books 
or an equivalent : 



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List of Books. 



Alhambka Irving 

Ben Huk Wallace 

Christmas Talp:s Dickens 

ClITLDKEN OF THE AbBEY Eocke 

David Coppetjfield Dickens 

Dked Stone 

Fkederick the Gkeat and His Coukt .... Mahlbach 

Gulliver's Travels Swift 

House of the Seven Gables Hawthorne 

Twice Told Tales Hawthorne 

Jane Eyre Bronte 

John Halifax Mulock 

Kenilworth Scott 

LoKNA DooNE Blackmore 

Last Days of Pompeii Lytton 

Little Men Alcott 

Little Women Alcott 

Ivanhoe Scott 

Quentin Durward Scott 

Talisman Scott 

Ramon A Tack son 

RiENZi Lytton 

Rise of Silas Lapham Howells 

Scottish Chiefs Porter 

Shirley Bronte 

Tale of Two Cities . . Dickens 

Tom Brown at Rugby Hughes 

Tom Brown at Oxford Hughes 

Uncle Tom's Cabin Stowe 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea . . Verne 

Two Great Retreats Grote and Legur 

The Egyptian Princess Ebers 

Vicar of Wakefield . . Goldsmith 

Silas Marner . . . Eliot 

The Newcomes Jltackeray 

Elsie Yenner Holmes 

Idylls of the King Tennyson 

Beside the Bonnie Bhiar Bush Watson 

Old Creole Days Cable 

In Ole Virginia Page 

The Man Without a Country . . . . • . . Hale 



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The Story of Jesus Ward 

Uncle Remus Harris 

ROMOLA Eliot 

Adventurers of Ulysses Lamb 

Mill on the Floss Eliot 

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austin 

Donovan Lyall 

Abbott Scott 

Saracinesca Crawford 

Respectfully submitted, 

FRANK E. INGALLS, ) 

ELDRIDGE F. SMALL, [ School Committee. 

EDWIN M. BAILEY, ) 



Swampscott, February S8, 1898. 



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Rules and Regulations of Swampscott Schools. 



SCHOOL SESSION. . 

Section 1. The session of the High School shall begin at 
8.45 anil close at 1.30. 

The morning session of the Grammar grades shall begin at 
. 8.45 and close at 11.30. Afternoon session shall begin at 1.30 
and close at 8.30. 

The morning session of the Primary Schools shall begin at 
8.45 and close at 11.45. Afternoon session shall begin at 1.30 
and close at 3.30. 

TEACHERS. 

Sect. 2 All the school rooms shall be opened, and the 
Principal and Teachers shall be present therein, both morning 
and afternoon, at least fifteen minutes before the time fixed for 
the session to begin. The pupils shall be in their seats, and the 
exercises of the school shall commence and close punctually at 
the prescribed hours. Every pupil entering the school room af- 
ter the hour of opening, whether bringing an excuse or not, shall 
be considered tardy, and so marked in the register. 

Sect. 3. The morning session shall commence with read- 
ing from the Bible by the teachers, and any other devotional ex- 
ercise as they may deem proper. 

Sect. 4. The teachers are required to obey faithfully the 
following statute of the Commonwealth : " It shall be the duty of 
all instructors of youth to exert their best endeavors to impress 
on the minds of children and youth committed to their care and 
instruction, the principles of piety and justice, and a sacred re- 
gard to truth, love of their country, humanity, and universal be- 
nevolence, sobriety, industry, and frugality, chastity, moderation, 



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and temperance, and those other vu'tues which are the ornament 
of human society, and the basis upon which a republican consti- 
tution is founded ; and it shall be the duty of such instructors to 
endeavor to lead their pupils, as their ages and capacities will 
admit, into a clear understanding of the tendency of the above 
mentioned virtues, to preserve and perfect a republican constitu- 
tion, and secure the blessings of liberty as well as to promote 
their future happiness, and also to point out to them the evil 
tendency of the opposite vices." (Pub. Stat. chap. 44, sect. 15). 

Sect. 5. Teachers shall practice such discipline in their 
schools as would be exercised by a judicious parent in a family, 
and shall avoid corporal punishment in all cases where good or- 
der can be preserved by milder means ; but, when corporal pun- 
ishment shall be deemed necessary, it may be resorted to, and a 
record thereof, with the cause, nature, and amount of punish- 
ment, shall be made and kept for examination. 

Sect. 6. For violent opposition or open rebellion, the 
teacher may dismiss the pupil from school, and shall then imme- 
diately inform the parent or guardian of such pupil, and on the 
same day shall apply to the Committee for advice and direction. 

Sect. 7. Teachers may have one day in each term for the 
purpose of visiting schools, and teachers desiring to attend the 
meetings of the State and County Teachers' Association may 
dismiss for that purpose. 

Sect. 8. When, by reason of sickness or other cause, a 
teacher is unable to be at school, the Committee must at once be 
notified, that a substitute may be provided. 

Sect. 9. The teacher shall see that the school rooms are 
clean, and that entries, yards and out-buildings are kept in good 
condition ; they may command the services of the janitors in ex- 
ecuting this requirement. They shall also see that the windows 
in their respective school rooms and entries are closed, and the 
doors locked at the close of the exercises for each day. Teachers 
shall make such rules as are necessary and reasonable for good 
order and neatness on the school premises. 

Sect. 10. No person shall be permitted to enter a school for 
the purpose of promoting the sale of any article whatever; nor 



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shall teachers allow notices to be given, advertisements, circulars, 
or other printed matter to be distributed, or any like inteference 
with the ordinary and regular course of instruction in the school. 

PUPILS. 

Sect. 11. No child shall be admitted into any of the public 
schools without a permit ; and no child shall be entitled to receive 
such permit until satisfactory evidence be given that the State 
law as to vaccination has been observed. 

Sect. 12. Children shall be admitted to the Primary 
Schools upon furnishing satisfactory proof that they are qualified 
to go on with some class in the same ; and if unable to read shall 
be admitted not later than four weeks after the beginning of the 
Fall and Spring terms. 

Sect. 18. Every pupil shall be required to attend school as 
constantly as possible, and in case of tardiness or absence to 
bring a written excuse from his or her parent or guardian. No 
scholar shall be dismissed during school hours except upon pre- 
sentation of a similar request. 

Sect. 14. No scholar shall be allowed to leave the school 
during a session, or before dismissal of the school, except on ac- 
count of sickness or some pressing emergency, of which the 
teacher is to judge ; and a written or personal request from the 
parent or guadian 'shall be required where the necessity is not 
evident. 

Sect. 15. Teachers shall require scholars to pay projDcr 
attention to personal cleanliness. 

Sect. 16. Any pupil who is guilty of marking, cutting, de- 
facing, or in any way injuring any of the school-houses or the 
out-buildings, or the trees belonging to them, shall repair the 
same, or be amenable to the law. 

Sect. 17. All pupils are strictly forbidden to climb on any 
tree, fence, railing, ladder, etc., about the school-house, or to 
throw stones, snow-balls, or other missiles, about the neighbor- 
hood of the school-house, or to use any profane or indelicate 
language. 



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Sect. 18. Any pupil misappropriating, injuring, or destroy- 
ing any of the text books or supplies loaned him or her by the 
Town, shall subject his or her parents or guardian to payment for 
the article so misappropriated, injured or destroyed. 

Sect. 19. Reports of each pupil's work in all grades above 
Grade II shall be made from time to time to the parent or guard- 
ian ; in such reports, as well as all records kept by the teacher, 
ranking, when resorted to, shall not be by percentages, but as 
follows: A for excellent, B for good, C for passable, D for poor, 
and E for bad. 

JANITORS. 

Sect. 20. The duties of the janitors of the different school- 
houses shall be as follows : To sweep and carefully dust all the 
rooms twice every week, airing the rooms Avhile sweeping, and 
keep the basement clean and in good order at all times ; to clean 
the house, washing the floors thoroughly three times each year, 
viz. : in August, December and April ; to wash all windows twice 
each year, in August and April ; to wash and clean the water- 
closets as often as necessary ; to shovel the snow and. keep the 
paths safe in winter; to keep the doors and windows closed and 
locked when the school is not in session ; to report forthwith to 
the teacher and committee any injuries done to the school-house, 
out-buildings, trees, or fences; to build fires when needed, and 
have the rooms warm — 67° to 70° F. — at the time for opening 
the school, and to give proper attention when required, during 
the day ; to take general care and superintendence of the school- 
house and grounds to the satisfaction of the committee. No 
extra payment shall be allowed for any of the above duties. 

STORM SIGNAL. 

Sect. 21. In case of severe storms the Lynn " No School" 
signal is adopted. This, signal is 22. The morning signal is rung 
at 7.45 A.M. and the one for afternoon at 12.45 p.m. 



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Extracts from Public Statutes Relating to Sciiooi 
Legislation. 



Chapter 498 — An Act in Relation to the Attendance of CJdldren in 

Schools. 

Section 1. Every person liavincf under bis control a cbikl between 
tbe a<?es of eigbt and fourteen years, and in every city and town wbere 
opportunity is furnisbed, in connection witb tbe regular work of tbe 
public scbools, for gratuitous instruction in tbe use of tools or in manual 
training, or for industrial education in any form, a cbild between tbe 
ages of eigbt and fifteen years, sball annually cause sucb cbild to attend 
some public day scbool in tbe city or town in wbicb be resides, and such 
attendance sball continue for at least tbirty weeks of tbe school year, if 
tbe schools are kept open for that length of time, with an allowance of 
two weeks' time for absences not excused by the Superintendent of 
Scbools or tbe School Committee. Sucb period of attendance sball begin 
within the first month of tbe fall term of scbool, and for each five days' 
absence of any sucb cbild thereafter, in excess of tbe above allowance, 
before the completion of tbe required annual attendance of thirty weeks, 
the person having such cbild under bis control, sball, upon the complaint 
of tbe School Committee or any truant officer, forfeit to the use of tbe 
public schools of sucb city or town a sum not exceeding twenty dollars, 
but if such cbild has attended for a like period of time a private day 
scbool approved by tbe Scbool Committee of sucb city or town, or if such 
cbild has been otherwise instructed for a like period of time in the 
branches of learning required by law to be taught in tbe public schools, 
or has already acquired tbe branches of learning required by law to be 
taught in tbe public scbools, or if bis physical or mental condition is such 
as to render such attendance inexpedient or impracticable, such penalties 
shall not be incurred. 

Sect. 2. For tbe purposes of tbe preceding section. School Commit- 
tees sball approve a private school only when tbe teaching in all the 
studies required by law is in the English language, and when they are 
satisfied that such teaching equals in thoroughness and efficiency the 
teaching in the public scbools in the same locality, and that equal pro- 
gress is made by the pupils therein, in tbe studies required by law, with 
tbat made during tbe same time in the public scbools; but they shall 
not refuse to approve a private scbool on account of the religious teach- 
ing therein. 

Sect. 3. Tfie truant officers and the School Committee of the sev- 
eral cities and towns shall vigilantly inquire into all cases of neglect of 
duty prescribed in section one, and ascertain the reasons, if any, there- 
for; and sucb truant officers or any of them, sball, when so directed by 



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the School Committee, prosecute in the name of the city or town any 
person liable to the penalty provided for in said section. Police, district 
and municipal courts, trial justices and judges of the probate court, 
shall have jurisdiction within their respective counties of the offences 
described in section one. 

Penalty for Disturbing Schools. 

'"Whoever wilfully interrupts or disturbs a school or other assembly 
of people met for a lawful purpose, shall be punished by imprisonment 
in the jail not exceeding? thirty days, or by fine not exceeding fifty dol- 
lars." Pub. Stat., sect. 23, chap. 207. 

Chapter 203 — Malicious Injury to Buildings. 

Section 78. Whoever wilfully and maliciously or wantonly and 
without cause destroys, defaces, mars or injures a school-house, church 
or other buildings erected or used for purposes of education or j-eligious 
instruction, or for the general 'diffusion of knowledge, or an out-build- 
ing, fence, well or appurtenance of such school-house, church or other 
building, or furniture, apparatus or other property belonging to or con- 
nected with such scliool-house, church or other building, shall be j)un- 
islied by fine not exceeding five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in 
the jail not exceeding one year. 

Authority of Teachers over Pupils. 

Section 1 of chapter 44 of the Public Statutes imposes upon the 
teachers of the public schools the duty of instructing their pupils in 
good behavior. 

The Constitution of the State makes it the duty of all institutions of 
learning to train those committed to them in the practice of every 
virtue. To attain these ends it is necessary that a wise government over 
the pupils shall be uniformly and persistently maintained. The teacher 
is therefore vested with the authority of t\ie parent in the control of the 
children in their relations as pupils of his school. 

1. In the school room he has exclusive control of his pupils, subject 
only to the direction of the school committee. 

2. He may rightfully exercise the same full control over his pupils 
at any time while they are on any pait of the school premises. 

3. AVhile the pupils are on their way to and frqm the school, the 
authority of the teacher may be considered as concurrent with that of 
the parent or guardian. If the pupils in coming to school, or in going 
from it to their homes, commit an offence against the civil laws, it will 
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authority. But if the children quarrel on their way, or are wilfully 
tardy, or use indecent and profane language, or in any way by their 
conduct injure the good order and discipline of the school, the teacher 
may take notice of such conduct by subjecting the offenders to such 
wise and judicious treatment as will have a tendency to prevent a 
repetition of the offence. In such cases the teacher should exercise 
great caution not to use any doubtful authority, or any questionable 
modes of correction. 

» 

CiiAPTEii 44 — Female Assistants. 
Section 14. In every public school having an averacre of fifty schol- 
ars, the school district or town to which such school belongs, shall em- 
ploy one or more female assistants, unless such district ov town votes to 
dispense with such assistant. 

Patriotic Exercises. 
Chapter 111 of the Acts of 1890 provides that in all the public 
schools of the Commonwealth the last regular session prior to Memorial 
Day, or a portion thereof, shall be devoted to exercises of a patriotic 
nature. 

Chaptek 498 — An Act Relative to Vaccination. 
Section 9. The school committee shall not allow a child who has 
not been duly vaccinated to be admitted to or connected with the public 
schools. 

Chapteij 515. 

Section 2 of this act provides that "all children who shall present a 
certificate signed by a regular practising physician that they are unfit 
subjects for vaccination shall not be subject to the provisions of section 
nine of chapter foi ty-seven of the Public Statutes excluding unvaccina- 
ted children from public schools." 

Chapter 498 — An Act Relative to Infectious Diseases. 

Section 10. The school committees shall not allow any pupil to at- 
tend the public schools while any member of the household to which 
such pupil belongs is sick of small-pox, diptheria or scarlet fever, or dur- 
ing a period of two weeks after the death, recovery or removal of such 
sick person ; and any pupil coming from such household shall be required 
to present, to the- teacher of the school the pupil desires to attend, a cer- 
tificate, from tlie attending physician or board of health, of the facts 
necessary to entitle him to admission in accordance with the above regu- 
lation. 



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Report of Truant Officer. 



To the School Board: ^ 

Gentlemen, — I have investigated twenty-two complaints 
from teachers during the past year, with the following results : 

Truancy, first offence, 8 ; truancy, second offence, 1 ; detained 
at home, on account of sickness, 6 ; at home, through neglect of 
parents, 7. Total, 22. 

Respectfully submitted, 



SETH C. KENDRICK, 

Truant Officer. 



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Fourth Annual Report, 
Board of Park Commissioners. 



I'o the Citizens of Sioampscott : 

As required by law we herewith submit our report as follows : 

Since our last report of one year ago we have settled the claims 
in full of Wm. Seger, J. Walter Kehoe and Nathaniel Blanchard 
for the sum of |500 each and those of Jas. A. Knowlton for the 
sum of 11,400 and of J. Frank Blaney with whom settlement haS 
been arranged at the price of 1600. 

All of the Buildings on the Little Estate have been sold and 
removed as have also those on the Knowlton Estates and those 
between the estates of Phillips and Ingalls, and the whole area 
of the Reservation has been partially graded and will be further 
improved in the early spring. 

There remains of the $30,000 appropriated to acquire the 
Beaches and to construct a Building on the Blaney Beach Reser- 
vation, the sum of $5,239.98, which with the Betterments to be col- 
lected, we think is ample to satisfy the judgments of the Courts 
in which the following claims now remain to be adjusted and are 
entered for trial, viz: — 

John W. Chapman, Leonard Fowle, Joseph A. Ingalls, the 
"Stone " Estate, William C. Stone, Otis Cahoon, John Smith and 
Charles E. Phillips. 

The claims of Ingalls, Phillips, Fow^le and Chapman are 
mainly predicated upon the alleged right to run their sewer con- 
duits across the street, and thereby make a nuisance of the Beach 
which we think should be abated by the Town, through its Board 
of Health and Selectmen, and thereby reduce their claims to a 



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rainimam and render the beach sands at this end of the Reserva- 
tion sufficiently clean for use as a children's plaj^ ground or for 
bathing purposes without danger of contagion. 

As no appropriation has been made other than for the 
acquisition of the Beaches and for the Reservation Building, some 
further appropriation may be needed for administration purposes 
until such time as the Reservation can be made as nearly self- 
supporting as possible, and in this connection your Commissioners 
in estimating the amount of the original appropriation did not an- 
ticipate the expenditure of so much money for legal advice as we 
have found it necessary to secure. 

At the present writing we have no assurance as to what time 
or in what condition the King's Beach Reservation may be turned 
over to us, but we may be so inforraefl as to be able to make some 
further report in this connection before the final adjournment of 
the Annual meeting, at which time we expect to be able to make 
some recommendations as to the improvement of both of the 
Reservations. 

The Reservation Building seems to be as near a success 
as could have been expected, considering the lack of precedent in 
this kind of work. The original applicants for space and a num- 
ber of others have been provided for. Some few alterations have 
been made in the Building which we thought to be advisable. 

The unoccupied portion of the upper floors is reserved for the 
use of our citizens and visitors to the Town, and it is hoped that 
they will avail themselves of this privilege and make such use of 
this part of the Building as may be consistent with the fact 
that it is the only public place in Town and as a pleasant resort 
needs only the association of those whose presence and intimacy 
alone can make it so. % 

Mr. Andrew L. Harris has presented the Town with six vol- 
umes of the U. S. Fish Commission Reports which w^e regard as 
a valuable acquisition as they are of especial interest to all inter- 
ested in maritime matters, and also that this gift affords an 
excellent example for our other public spirited citizens. 

The Commissioners would be pleased to receive such sugges- 
tions and advice from their fellow citizens, as so important a 



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trust should inspire in the patriotic and conservative members 
of our body politic. 

Let us appropriate so much for what we need as we can afford, 
and remember always that whatever sum is so expended has to be 
wrung from the soil and the sea by some one, somewhere, at some 
time. 



BENJAMIN POTTER, 
ROBERT B. WARDWELT. 
EDWARD H. KITFIELD, 



Park 
Commissio ners . 



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Report of the Library Trustees. 



To the Citizens of Sivampscott : 

The Library contains 6937 volumes. 137 books have been 
added this year. The circulation of books has been 22,087. 
Received from tines and catalogues $24.60. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES E. PEASj.EY, \ 

F. F. STANLEY, [ Trustees. 

F. E. INGALLS, ) 

SwAMPSCOTT. Feb. Wlh, 1S98. 



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Report of the Board of Health. 



To the Citizens of Swampscott : 

Herewith we present for your consideration the Annual Re- 
port of the Board of Health for the fiscal year ending March, 



During the year we have received and investigated fifteen 
(15) written, besides many verbal, complaints ; also have received 
official notice of six (6) cases of diphtheria, twelve (12) of scarlet 
fever, four (4) of typhoid fever, three (3) of measles, one case of 
diphtheria proving fatal. 

Considerable controversy has been made through the press 
in regard to the manner in which some of the contagious diseases 
have been handled by the Board. We think if the citizens who 
seem to be dissatisfied with the manner in which all cases have 
been handled, would simply consult the Board, satisfactory ex- 
planation could be made showing that all was done for the bene- 
fit of the townspeople. The contract for collecting house offal 
was awarded to Michael McDonough for the sum of twelve 
hundred dollars ($1,200.00), which has been done in a very 
satisfactory manner. The contract for receiving and disposing of 
night soil was awarded to Allen S. Rowe for the sum of ninety 
dollars (190.00). The beaches have been taken care of in the 
usual manner. 

The Board feels confident that the Town will compare favor- 
ably with other towns in regard to health and cleanliness. 



1898. 



Respectfully submitted, 




Attest : 



W. B. Adams, Clerh. 



SWAMI'SCOTT, Feb. 10, 189S. 



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REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH. 



Health Regulations of the Town of Swampscott. 



The following Regulations have been adopted by the Board 
of Health : 

Section 1. The owner, agent or occupant, having care of any tene- 
ment used as a dwellina-house, shall furnish the same with sufficient 
drain, underground, to carry off the waste water; and also with a suit- 
able privy, sufficient for the accommodation of all who may use it. 

Sect. 2. All vaults or privies shall be so constructed that the inside 
of the same shall be at least two feet distant from the line of every ad- 
joining lot or street, and the same shall be kept tight; nor shall the con- 
tents of any vault be allowed to accumulate within twelve inches of the 
even surface of the ground, or otherwise become offensive. 

Sect. 3. All waste water shall be conveyed through sufficient drains, 
under ground, to a common sewer, or to such reservoir, sunk under 
ground, as shall be approved by the Board of Health, and no person 
shall suffer any waste or stagnant water to remain in any cellar, or upon 
any lot of vacant ground, by such person owned or occupied. 

Sect. 4. Whenever, upon due examination, it shall appear to the 
Board of Health that the number of persons occupying any tenement or 
building in the town is so great as to be the cause of nuisance or sick- 
ness, or the source of filth, or that any tenement or building is not 
furnished with vaults constructed according to the provisions of the 
regulations, or with sufficient privies, or drains under ground for waste 
water, or from any cause has become unfit for liabitation, they will 
thereupon issue their notice in writing to such persons, or any of them, 
requiring them to remove and quit such tenement or building within 
such time as they may deem reasonable. 

Sect. 5. No person shall throw or put into any public place, or 
pond, or running stream, or body of water, or in any other place where 
the Board of Health may deem it a nuisance, any dead animal, dirt or 
rubbish whatsoever, nor shall any person throw into or upon any fiats or 
tide water within the jurisdiction of the town, any dead animal, filth or 
offensive matter. 

Sect. 6. No person shall erect or maintain, within the limits of the 
town, any building or structure used for a slaughter house, or for the 
manufacture or refining of kerosene oil or soap, the trying out of lard, 
the business of tallow chandler, or the tanning, dressing or coloring of 
leather or skins, or any other noxious or offensive trade, or exercise or 
carry on such trade, business or employment, without a license from the 



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Board of Health, defining the place for the same, and any such license 
may at any time be revoked. 

Sect. 7. No person shall collect any house offal or night soil within 
the limits of the town without a license from the Board of Health. 

Sect. 8. No person shall bring into the town for sale any diseased, 
putrid, stale or unwholesome meat, vegetables or provisions. 

Sect. 9. No person shall burn, boil or decompose in the town any 
bones or other refuse paits of neat cattle or other animal, without a license 
from the Board of Health. 

Sect. 10. No person shall keep any swine within the limits of the 
town without a license from the Board of Health. 

Sect. 11. Any person sick with the small pox, scarlet fever, diphthe- 
ria, membraneous croup, together with all persons in attendance upon 
him, will be subject to the control of the Board; and no person shall enter 
or leave a house wherein any person is or has been sick with the disease, 
or in any way come in contact with the inmates of such house, except by 
permission of the Board. 

Sect. 12. All persons are warned not to approach a house or the sur- 
rounding premises whereupon is displayed either a health card, a red flag 
by day or a red light by night. 

Sect. 13. When a householder knows that a person within his family 
is taken sick of small-pox, scarlet fever, measles, diphtheria, membran- 
eous croup, typhoid fever, or any other disease dangerous to the public 
health, he shall immediately give notice thereof to the Board of Health. 

Sect. 14. When a physician knows that any person whom he is called 
to visit is infected with small-pox, scarlet fever, measles, diphtheria, mem- 
braneous croup, typhoid fever, or any other disease dangerous to the 
public health, he shall immediately give notice thereof to the Board of 
Health. 

Sect. 15. No child from any family or house infected with scarlet 
fever, measles, diphtheria, small-pox, or membraneous croup, shall be 
permitted to attend school without a permit from the Board of Health. 

Sect. 16. The bodies of all persons dying of small-pox, scarlet 
fever, diphtheria, membraneous croup, typhus or typhoid fever, must be 
immediately disinfected and placed in a tight coffin, which shall not be 
reopened. No certificate of death from either of the above-named diseases 
will be endorsed by the Board of Health until above regulations have 
been complied with. In above cases no public funeral will be allowed 
without permission from the Board of Health. 

Sect. 17. Notice of domestic animals or cattle suffering with conta- 
gious disease, or suspected of suffering from contagious disease, shall 
immediately be given to the Board of Health by those having the charge 
of such animals or cattle. 



1898] 



REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH. 113 



Extract from the Town By-Laws. 



ARTICLE VII. 

Sect. 6. The contents of any sink, cesspool or privy shall only be 
removed in a vehicle effectually covered and w^ater-tij^ht, and the same 
shall not be emptied on any beach or into the sea adjacent to any beach 
in the Town, but shall be carried in such cart and disposed of in the earth 
or otherwise as the J5oard of Health may by rules provide, but apart from 
dwelling houses. 

Sect. 26. No person shall put, or cause to be put, into any catch 
basin in the highway, any filth, sewage, slops or dirty water. 

JOHN- I. ADAMS, ) Board 

EDWIN F. WILEY, } of 
WILLIS E. DOUGHTY, ) Health. 



SwAMPSCOTT, Feb. 27, 1S9S. 



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TOWN DOCUMENTS. 



[Feb. 28 



Report of the Committee on Street Numbers. 



To the Citizens of Sicampscott : 

By a vote of the Town, at the last annual meeting the Board 
of Assessors were instructed to locate and number all the houses 
in the Town, upon a basis of twenty-five feet frontage. 

After carefully considering the matter, and learning the cus- 
tom in other places, we were of the opinion, that it would be best 
to reduce the frontage through the centre of the Town to fifteen 
feet from the Soldiers' monument to the junction of Humphrey 
and Orient Streets. 

A contract was made with Mr. Fred L. Eastman, who is 
making a survey of the Town, to locate and place upon the houses 
the numbers in accordance with the plans, he agreeing to do the 
work for the sum of one hundred dollars ($100.) 

An arrangement was made with Mr. H. W. Gordon of Lynn, 
to furnish all the figures required at five cents each. 

We would recommend that the Town furnish the numbers 
required for new buildings, and that the Assessors be requested 
to give the numbers in accordance with the survey. 

D. HOLMAM MILLETT, ) Board 
GILBERT DELANO, [ of 
PELEG GARDNER. ) Assessors. 

SwAMPSCOTT, Feb. 10, 1S98. 



1898] 



REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF CATTLE, ETC. 



1 15 



Report of Inspector of Cattle, Swine, Fish, 
Provisions, Etc. 



To the Board of Selectmen: 

Received appointment May 1st, vice A. B. Spaulding re- 
signed. 

Whole number of cattle, 139; cows, 124 ; young, 12 ; bulls, 
3. Whole number of swine, 180; slaughtered for food, 81; 
provision stores, 5 ; wagons, 3 ; fish markets, 5 ; wagons, 4. 
Merchandize of street pedlars inspected, 26. Cattle quarantined 
before May 1st, by books received, 24; condemned, 10. Since 
May 1st, quarantined, 7. Cases of rabies reported and dog- 
killed, 1. Stables fumigated and cleansed, 3; condemed, 1. 

REMARKS. 

This being ray fifth annual report as Inspector, I will state 
on May 15th received notice from State Cattle Commissioner not 
to put any more cattle in quarantine, except where written notice 
was sent to local Board of Health. Jan. 10th again received same 
notice, which accounts for the small number of cattle quarantined. 
I have made frequent visits among all cows kept for sale of milk. 
Places where cows are kept for sale or exchange have been in- 
spected every week. As long as the State Legislature fails to 
appropriate sufficient money for the Cattle Commission to suc- 
cessfully carry on the work of extermination of contagious 
diseases among cattle, I think the present salary of the Inspector 
is sufficient. 

Respectfully submitted, 

GEORGE NEWHALL, Inspector. 

SwAMPSCOTT, ¥eh. 11, 1S9S. 



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[Feb. 28 



Report of Hilk Inspector. 



To the Board of Selectmen : 

Twenty-five licenses for the sale of milk in the Town of 
Swampscott for the season of 1897-8 were granted, receipts for 
the same being twelve dollars and fifty cents ($12.50), that amount 
having been paid into the Town Treasury as follows : 



Michael Martin, .... .50 

W. F. Lewis, . . . . .50 

F. S. Hall, 50 

C. R. Sibley, 50 

J. Bryson, ..... .50 

R. V. Bessom, 50 

C. H. Proctor, . . . . .50 

M. T. Roberts, • . . . .50 

H. L. Mudge, 50 

J. W. Waitt, • .50 

Fred H. Brown, 50 

A. F. Hanafry, 50 

H. J. Pierce, 50 

W.O. Fuller, ... • .50 

C. E. Phillips, 50 

Allen Rowe, ..... .50 

John Stevens, . ' . . • . .50 

Mrs. Coloagh, ..... .50 

Martin Enholm, .... .50 

John B. Butman, . . . .50 

George H. Holden, . . • . .50 

George Melzard, .... .50 

C. A. Stewart, ..... .50 

Frank Newhall, .... .50 

H. F. Ward, . . . . . .50 



No complaints of any kind have been received. Forty-one 
samples have been tested by analysis during the year. 

C. E. HARRIS, Milk Inspector. 

Swampscott, Feh. 7, 1S9S. 



1898] 



REPORT OF FIRE ENGINEERS. 



Report of Fire Engineers. 



To the Board of Selectmen and Citizens of Swamjyscott : 
The Engineers herewith present their Annual Report. 
EXPENSES. 

From May 1, 1897, to Feb. 23, 1898, bills to the amount o£ 
$4,346.18 have been approved. 

Many persons do not realize that out of an appropriation of 
15,000 we have but 1416. 6G for each month, to meet the expen- 
ses of three regular men, twenty call men, feed for six horses, 
shoeing for same, coal, gas, telephone, battery supplies, and 
general wear and tear expenses, besides, we furnish substitutes 
when our regular men have their days off, also, when each of 
these men have their two weeks' vacation, on pay in summer, 
substitutes are supplied by the Department. 

RECEIPTS. 

The horses and men have been employed on the streets, and 
have been credited as follows: For sprinkling, 1951.25, and on 
highways, $86.25, which gives the Department credit for $1,037.5U. 

It has been thought by some, that we run a great risk in 
using the horses of this Department on the streets in summer. 
There is always a risk when the horses are out of the house at 
any time, even when taken to the blacksmith ; still wnth the few 
fires we have, it is the opinion of experienced persons, that the 
risk we run is very small. The Engineers consider that the 
horses are in better condition for the work of the Department, 
when used in this way ; however this is a question for the Town 
to decide. 



TOWN DOCUMENTS. 



[Feb. 28 



SCHEDULE OF FIRE DEPARTMENT PROPERTY. 

Two fire stations and land ; 1 storage building ; 1 steam fire 
engine ; 1 hose wagon ; 1 ladder truck ; 8 ladders ; 2500 feet 
cotton hose, in good condition ; 600 feet damaged hose ; 1 supply 
wagon ; 2 crow-bars ; 8 hose straps ; 6 coal baskets ; 6 hydrant 
wrenches; 4 fire hooks and poles; 3 axes; 18 fire alarm boxes; 
2 fire alarm strikers, one at Town Hall, one at Congregational 
Church ; 2 fire alarm gongs and 2 indicators, one each at steamer 
house, one each at chemical house ; 3 tappers ; 4 buzz bells ; 1 
repeater; 6 galvanometers; 2 hand chemicals; 74 hydrants; 1 
steam whistle on Marblehead Water Company ; 6 horses ; 3 sets 
double harnesses ; 6 horse blankets ; 6 beds and bedding ; 5 hose 
pipes ; 2 extra nozzles ; 20 spanners ; 2 wagon jacks ; 11 lanterns ; 
22 rubber coats ; 2 army coats ; 1 life net ; 1 sheet ; 1 shut-ofE 
nozzle ; 1 shut-off gate ; 2 Siamese connections ; 200 feet hose, 1 
wrench, 2 spanners, 1 pipe at Lincoln House ; hose reel and 300 
feet hose, 1 wrench, 2 spanners, 1 pipe at John Shepard's ; hose 
reel and 300 feet hose, 1 wrench, 2 spanners, 1 pipe at John 
Palmer's Estate ; 250 feet hose, 1 wrench, 2 spanners, 1 pipe at 
Evans & Cole's stable ; hose reel and 300 feet hose, 1 wrench 
2 spanners, 1 pipe at Boston Railroad stable, Essex street ; hose 
reel and 400 feet hose, 1 wrench, 4 spanners, 2 pipes, 2 lanterns, 
1 stove and furniture, 12 badges at Mountain Park. 

FIRES AND ALARMS. 

May 4. Box 5 ; call to Lynn, box 82 ; time, 3.40 p.m. 

May 15. Still; time, 10.40 a.m.; E. Farnam. 

July 6. Still; time, 8.50 p.m.; S. Andrews. 

Aug. 10. Box 4; time, 11 01 p.m.; PI Russell. 

Aug. 12. Box 17; time, 3.10 p.m.; woods. 

Aug. 17. Box 24; time, 9.05 a.m ; G, A. Jackson. 

Aug. 25. Box 3; time, 9.18 p.m.; A. R. Ellis. 

Nov. 8. Box 25; time, 12.05 p.m.; J. D. Spiller. 

Dec. 18. Box 4; time, 5.40 p.m.; J. F. Crosman. 

Dec. 31. Box 5;' call to Lynn, box 82; time, 2.45 p.af. 

Jan. 6. Box 7 ; time, 5.24 p.m. ; J. Nickerson. 



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REPORT OF FIRE ENGINEERS. 



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Jan. 15. Box 23 ; time, 7.40 p.m. ; D. K. Phillips. 
Feb. 12. Box 15; time, 12.40 p.m.; telephone pole. 
Feb. 17. Still; time, 10.15 A M. ; John Doig. 

AGREEMENT. 

The agreement with the City of Lynn, with regard to lires, 
is the same as previous years. 

RECOMMENDATIONS. 

The Board of Engineers would recommend the purchase of 
500 feet cotton hose, and that the sum of three hundred and 
seventy-five dollars ($375.00) be appropriated for the same. We 
would also recommend that the sum of one hundred and seventy- 
five dollars ($175.00) be appropriated for the purchase of a suitable 
gong, to be placed on the Hose House at Mountain Park. 

REMARKS. 

The difficulties at all times attending the duties of the Fire 
Department in a small town, must be obvious to every one ; 
however well equipped, or however well supplied with money 
the Department may be, these difficulties must be met; the chief 
one being that the Fire Company is made up of men from all 
parts of the town, and engaged in various occupations and places; 
of course, other conditions are not practicable or advisable. 

This year the situation has been especially trying, owing to 
the necessity of forming a new company the first of the year of 
men with no previous experience in the work; pei'sonally, I have 
always felt that a building might as well burn as to be destroyed 
in time of fire, by useless tearing down and unnecessary destruc- 
tion of furniture, as often happens in a small place, and, in view 
of this, have tried to instruct these men, that their whole mission 
is to save property ; with this end in mind, they have worked in 
a brave, manly, united way that does them credit. To show that 
their work has been appreciated, it is due them that at least two 
of the number of letters received, be inserted here. 



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[Feb. 28 



Januaky 13th, 1898. 
E. GERBY EMMONS, Chief Engineer, S. F. D. 

Dear Chief, — Please excuse delay in acknowledging your favor, 
but Annual Reports at this time of the year occupy much time, conse- 
quently the delay. 

I want to thank you and the members of your Department for the 
prompt and efficient manner in which the hre at the factory of John C. 
Nicholson was handled. It was a good piece of work well done, and you 
and your Department deserve much credit for the skill and judgment 
used. , Yours Fraternally, 

CHAS. H. DOWNING, 

Chief Engines}^, L. F. D. 

Boston, Mass., January ISth, 1898. 
Mr. E. GERRY EMMONS, Chief Engineer, SwampscMt Fire Depart- 
ment, Swanip^coit, Masf;. 
Dear Sir, — I had occasion yesterday to examine the Phillips' house 
at Swampscott, in which the fire occurred last Saturday night, and must 
say never before have I noticed such a condition as I found there. That 
such a fierce fire as must have occurred there, could be confined almost 
to one room, and subdued with so small a loss, seems almost incredible 
and speaks well for the promptness and efficiency of the Department of 
which you are the head. Very respectfully yours, 

^y. B. BANIGAN, 

New England Adamant Co. 

The Board of Engineers take this occasion to congratulate 
the town that they have had so few fires, and without the loss of 
a single building. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. GERRY EMMONS, ) Board 
J. C. MELZARD, [ of 

F. H. BASSETT, ) Engineers. 



189S] REPORT OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE. 1 2 1 



Report of The Chief of Police. 



To the Board of Selectmen : 

I herewith submit the Annual Report of the Police Depart- 
ment, as follows : 

Whole number of arrests ..... 39 

Embezzlement . . . ... . .1 

Larceny . . . . . . . -3 

Vagrancy . ...... 2 

Track walking . . . , . . .1 

Unlawful taking ..... 2 

On suspicion . . . • . . .1 

Bastardy ....... 1 

Assault . . - . . . . • . 1 

Violation of the liquor law . . . , .3 
Drunk . . , • .... 16 

For safe keeping ...... 1 

Using threatening language . . . . .2 

Assault and battery ...... 1 

Malicious mischief ...... 4 

—39 

Disposed of as follows: — 
Committecl to House of Correction .... 1 

Committed to Insane Asylum .... I 

Delivered to parents . • . . . .7 

Fined and paid ....... 4 

Fined and served the same . . ... .2 

Bound over to Grand Jury ..... 1 

Placed on file . . . . . . .9 



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[Feb. 28 



Discharged ....... 9 

Continued cases . . . . . .1 

On probation ....... 2 

Fined and appealed ...... 2 

—39 

SUPERIOR CRIMINAL COURT, JANUARY TERM. 

Appealed case, Violation of liquor law . . .2 
Plea of guilty entered. Fined and paid 

Amount of fines imposed by Police Court . $360.00 

Amount of fines paid ..... 85.00 

Unable to pay and served the same . . 25.00 

RECEIPTS AND REIMBURSEMENTS. 

Mary E. Lodge $200.00 

John Jeffries 12.00 

Wardwell Bros 4.00 

Arthur Little 10.00 

John Shepard 1.25 

Lynn Police Court fines . . • . 90.50 

Balance of last year's court fines . . . 25,00 



$342.75 

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS. 

Complaints investigated . . . . .184 

Buildings found open and secured .... 35 

Disturbances suppressed without arrest ... 14 

Fires extinguished without alarm . . . . 12 

Defective places in streets reported . . . 17 

Street lights reported out . . . . . 81 

Lost children restored to parents .... 7 

Stray teams restored to owners . . . 2 

Search warrants for stolen property served . . 1 

Search warrants for liquor served . • . . 2 

Injured and sick persons assisted .... 4 

Intoxicated persons assisted home . . ... 20 

Dogs killed . ' . . . . . . 5 

Accidents reported ...... 9 



1898] 



REPORT OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE. 



123 



Tramps sent out of town ..... 3 

Cases of breaking and entering reported ... 7 

Cases of larceny reported . . . . . 18 

Value of property stolen . . . . . $203.00 

Value of property recovered .... 76.00 

Assisting other officers ..... 8 

Street obstructions removed .... 8 

lights furnished for dangerous places ... 4 

Lynn Police ambulance calls .... 16 

Respectfully submitted, 



SETH C. KENDRICK, Chief of Police. 
SwAMPSCOTT, February 12, 1898. 



1 24 TOWN DOCUMENTS. [Feb. 28 



Report of the Surveyor of Highways. 



To the Citizens of Swampscott: 

Stone, gravel and crushed stone have been used on streets 
as follows : 



Name of Street. 


No. Loads 
Gravel 


stone. 


Crushed 
Stone. 


Atlantic avenue 


155 




11 No. 3 


Burrill street 


30 




2 No. 3, 6 No. 4 


Beach avenue 


24 






Blaney street 


5 






Cherry street 


48 






Essex street . 


812 




13 No. 3, 6 No. 4 


Humphrey street 


449 




163 No. 3 


Hillside avenue 


146 




38 No. 4 


Highland street 


140 






Huron street 


2 






King street Extension 


21 






Orient street 


916 




86 No. 3, 145 No. 4 


Phillips street 


4 






Redington street 


263 






Rock avenue 


2 






Salem street 


177 


30 




Stone, gravel and 


crushed stone used on sidewalks. 


Name of Street. 


No. Loads 




Crushed 




Gravel 


stone. 


Stone. 


Blaney street 


18 




2 No. 1 


Beach Bluff avenue 


8 






Burrill street 


14 




6 No. 1 



Beach avenue ' . 8 



1898] REPORT OF THE SURVEYOR OF HIGHWAYS. 125 



Name of Street. No, Loads Crushed 

Gravel. Stone. Stone. 

Columbia street , . 14 

Essex street . . 58 

Highland street . . 6 

Humphrey street . . 258 32 No. 1, 12 No. 2 

King street ... 14 

Marshall street . . 4 

Orient street . 284 20 No. 1, 12 No. 2 

Redington street . . 53 6 No. 1 

Rockland street , . 10 No. 1 

Rose street .* . . 2 

Railroad avenue . . 4 

Thomas Road . . 6 

Woodbine avenue . . 4 No. 1 
Gutter scrapings removed from the following streets : 

Name of Street. ' No. Loads. 

Atlantic avenue . . . ... .59 

Beach Bluff avenue ...... 25 

Boynton street . . . ^ . . . .7 

Beach avenue ....... 5 

Burrill street . .. . . . .111 

Blaney street ....... 33 

Columbia avenue ...... 60 

Cherry street . . ... . .15 

Eulow street . . . . . 6 

Essex street . . . . . . .79 

Humphrey street ...... 365 

Hillside avenue . . . . . . .21 

Highland street ....... 2 

King street ....... 7 

Marshall street ....... 8 

Mostyn street ....... 5 

New Ocean street . . . . . .18 

Orient street . . . . . . .156 

Pine street ....... 63 

Phillips street . . . , . . .9 



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Name of Street. No. Loads. 

Redingtoii street . . . . . . .15 

Railroad avenue ..... .2 

Rock avenue ....... 5 

Rockland street ....... 9 

Rose street ....... 2 

Salem street ..... .9 

Thomas Road 13 

Woodbine avenue . . ... 5 

PAVING DEPARTMENT. 
Sand and stone used for paving gutters on streets as follows : 

No. of Loads, 

Name of Street. Stone. Sand. 

Humphrey street . . . . . 22 20 

Highland street ...... 2 3 

King street . . . . . . 17 10 

Redington street . . . . . 89 65 



Laying street crossings on streets as follows : 

No. Block No. Loads No. Loads Filling 





Pavers. 


■ Sand. 


Removed. 


Atlantic avenue 


362 


2 


4 moved to dump. 


Burrill street 


309 


3 


6 moved to Essex street. 


Phillips street 


. 171 


3 


6 moved to dump. 


Redington street 


137 


2 


4 moved to Pk reservation. 


Railroad avenue 


. 667 


4 


10 moved to Essex street. 



Thirty-six loads of sand used for sanding sidewalks. 
I would recommend that an appropriation be made for a 
sidewalk from Stetson avenue to Salem line. 



Respectfully submitted, 

J. P. M. S. PITMAN, 

Surveyor of Highicays. 

SwAMPSCOTT, FeJ). 16, 1898. 



1898] REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF CEMETERY. 1 27 



Report of Superintendent of Cemetery, 



To the Board of Selectmen: 

Nathan M. Harris, 10 months' services as Superin- 
tendent from May 1st, 1897, to March 1st, 1898 $291 70 
Nathan M. Harris, 65| days' labor at $2.00 per day . 131 50 
E. G. Blaney, flowers for cemetery . . . 36 00 
David Proctor, 16 days' labor at $2.00 per day . . 32 00 
Joseph Spinney, 2^ days' labor at $2.00 per day . 5 00 
Michael McDonough, 2 loads loam, $1.00 each . . 2 00 
Michael McDonough, 1 day's labor with team . . 3 50 
Benj. Getchell, 1 load of dressing , . . . 1 00 
G. B. Merrill, changing posts at cemetery . . 10 10 
Geo. H. Holden, supplies . .• . . . 10 64: 
J. S. Brown, 81 days' labor, $2.00 per day . . 17 00 
E. G. Spaulding, whitening tomb inside . . . 5 85 
C. H. Twisden, IJ- days' labor . . . . 2 50 
James Han ley, 1 day's labor ... 2 00 



$550 79 



No. of lots sold, 4; at $40.00 each. Lots No. 258, 425, 441, 

428. 

Cash received for cemetery debris, $2.00 ; number of inter- 
ments, 45 ; bodies in receivmg tomb, 2. 

RECOMMENDATIONS. 

The undersigned would recommend that the Town purchase 
headstones for the public lots to be numbered. For the Super- 
intendent to set the same, and a record be kept by him. That 



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[Feb. 28 



the graves be levelled off so that they may have the care they 
need. There is use for about 20 headstones at the present time. 

I also recommend that the Town furnish suitable receptacles 
to be placed in different parts of the cemetery to receive waste 
that is to be thrown away, which will add to the general cleanli- 
ness. 

I will recommend that !|50.00 be appropriated for the two 
recommendations named above. 

I would suggest that the Town appoint a committee to 
inspect the present conditions of the walls and fences which sur- 
round the cemetery. It; is impossible under the present conditions 
to keep out the cattle, as the land in the rear is used for a long 
distance for pasturage during the summer. This committee to 
report at the adjourned meeting. 



NATHAN M. HARRIS, Siqyt. 



1898] 



REPORT OF STREET LIGHT COMMITTEE. 129 



Report of Street Light Committee. 



To the Citizens of Swampscott : 

Your committee have attended to the business connected 
with this department during the year and submit the following 
report. 

On March 1, 1896, we were running 102 arc and 23 incan- 
descent lights, (as per last rejjort.) We have added during the 
year, 5 arcs and two incandescents, making 107 arcs and 25 incan- 
descents now on our circuits. The poles with the exception of 
the last three which have l)een set are now numbered consecu- 
tively, a list of which are kept at the j^ower house and at the of- 
fice of the Lynn (>as and Electric Co. 

The nuinbeiing of lights has proved a very good thing, par- 
ticularly when one has been found during the night to be out. 
Our police have notified the company, at the same time keeping 
a record by its number, and reporting also to some member of the 
committee, the chairman being particular to see that the com- 
pany have the lamp put in working order. This co-operation on 
the part of our police has l)een duly appreciated by your com- 
mittee. 

We consider the service given us by the Lynn Gas and Elec- 
tric Co. in a general term as being satisfactory, though by no 
means perfect. Perfection in electric lighting has not yet been 
fully accomplished, and we fail to learn by comparing the power 
of the light we have with that of other Towns using the same 
power, where any of these ]»laces get more for the same expendi- 
ture of money than ourselves. It may be seen by referring to 
our annual list of a[)propriations that our street lighting, which 
up to a few years ago may have been our least important Town 



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[Feb. 28 



department, stands to-day second in importance, being exceeded 
only by that of Schools, and yet there are not a few who think 
that more light is needed. 

Applications are frequently made to the committee for new- 
lamps, or the relocation of some already on the circuit, and your 
committee desire to remind their fellow citizens that when the esti- 
mates are made up at each new year they not only cover existing 
lights, but further provide for those which may look reasonably 
sure to come by those petitioned for in the annual warrant, hence 
our surplus for anything beyond this must be limited, and again 
to relocate a pole, or change the position of a lamp in any way of- 
ten calls for very delicate supervision, from the fact it has been a 
fixture and gave satisfaction. It may have been placed when the 
foliage was asleep, but with the budding of spring and the spread- 
ing out of the summer leaves, somebody is blanketed and wants 
the thing changed. To do so, (while no expense devolves upon 
the Town, the company always being readj^ to make whatever 
changes the committee may suggest), may cause no end of com- 
ment to a few, and censure of the committee. 

We would recommend that in the establishment of new 
hghts, they be regularly petitioned for either at the regular, or at 
some special Town meeting called for that purpose, and appro- 
piiations for the same. 

The question of a Municipal Electric Lighting Plant of our 
own has been somewhat under discussion at various times by 
your committee and some of the advantages over our present sys- 
ten considered. How much to our advantage it would seem im- 
possible at this time to demonstrate. There are many difficulties 
and great liabilities ever before a Company, whether Town or pri- 
vate corporation in conducting a plant of this kind, as for instance 
in the great snow storm of Feb. 1, which threw down a large num- 
ber of poles and matted together miles of untangleable wire which 
nothing but the white heat of a seething furnace could again reclaim 
in pigs of iron for another revolution into wire, the destruction 
of costly lamps ; wages for a small army of extra linemen with 
new poles to set, and a thousand and one outlays of money before 
the service could be fully repaired and in working order. This 



1898] EEPORT OF STREET LIGHT COMMITTEE. 131 



may be the exceptional, but is ever liable and would be well, also, to 
consider as in the case of our neighbor, Marblehead, whose splen- 
did plant we recently visited, great havoc was made along their 
lines and some five hundred dollars will be required to pay for 
damage done. 

There is no doubt but Marblehead has a very fine lighting 
plant, and the prospects are that the time is not far distant when 
it will be self supporting. 

Your committee are unanimous in the opinion that the time 
is not far distnnt for our Town also, particularly if the appropria- 
tions continue to increase, as no doubt they will, and when the 
Ten Thousand dollar mark is reached we may then, in our 
opinion, consider the advisability as a Town, of going into the 
Street Lighting business. 

Referring to the recommendation as touched upon last year 
by our late colleague, Mr. P. H. Ryan, that the Street Light 
Committee for the ensuing year be instructed to investigate the 
operation of the several Municipal Lighting Plants within the 
limits of the State of Massachusetts, your committee will say their 
investigations have been mostly confined to printed reports, not 
deeming it proper to make tours of personal observation necessi- 
tating outlays of money for expense not authorized by the Town. 

We would suggest and further recommend that the incom- 
ing committee continue their investigations on the subject of 
municipal ownershij), that the Town may be in possession of facts 
and figures to enable them to act intelligently, should the time 
ever come when it may be deemed advisable to go into the 
business. 

Your Committee would recommend an appropriation of 
Eight Thousand Dollars for the current year. 



Respectfully submitted, 



EDWIN A. FARNIIAM, 
A. R. BUNTING, 



I Street Light 
I Committee, 



JOHN R. MERRITT, 



FRANK L. BONNEY, 1 
MARTIN L. QUINN, J 



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[Feb. 28 



Report of Committee on Sewerage. 



To the Citizens of Swampscott: 

Your Committee who were at the last Annual Town Meet- 
ing directed to investigate and report at a future meeting are of 
the opinion that at this time they are unable to make any definite 
report to the Town on the Sewerage matter. Since the apjjoint- 
ment of your Committee, action has been taken b}^ the Towr, 
looking to the ownership of its water system, either by the pur- 
chase of the property of the Marblehead Water Co., or the ex- 
tension of the Town mains and pipes. The adoption of either 
of the plans mentioned would require much consideration and 
large expenditure. In view of the situation, as now presented, 
your Committee believes that a question of such importance as 
the ownership of our water plant should first be decided. 

We would recommend that a committee of five be appointed 
to further consider the Sewerage matter, and especially some 
methods of disposal, and report with recommendations at the 
next Annual Town Meeting, or a meeting prior thereto. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. R. BUNTING, 

E. F. SMALL, 

JAS. H. MOULTON, 

£. H. KITFIELD, 

PELEG GARDNER, 

BENJ. POTTER, 

A. E. HARRIS, 

D. HOLMAN MILLETT, 

ROB'T B. WARDWELL, 

FRANK E. INGALLS, 

KENDALL POLLARD. 



AUDITORS' REPORT. 



1 34 TOWN DOCUMENTS. [Feb. 28 



Selectmen's Department. 

Appropriation ... . $4,500 00 

Amount overdrawn 152 34 

$4,652 34 

Amount of Expenditures 4,652 34 



EXPENDITURES. 

Alger, James E., distributing town reports $ 3 00 

Ashton, H. F., auditor for 1 year .... 50 00 

Brackett, T. W., care of hay-scales 1 year 20 00 

Bradford, F. H., inspector of election, 

November, 1897 1 50 

Bergen, John T., sundries 75 

Brown, James C, use of store for registrars 2 00 

Bubier, N. G., ph. g., analyzing milk and 

sundries 41 60 

Gaboon, L. Frank, balance as chairman 

auditors, 1896-97 50 00 

Gaboon, J. S., distributing town reports 3 00 

Gaboon, O. M., distributing bills .... 1 50 

Garroll, M. P., ex])enses attending the 

transfer of 7 tax titles to the town 47 06 

collector of taxes 400 00 

sundries 23 75 

470 81 

Ghapman, John, bondsman for collector of 

taxes . 16 66 

Gorson, Geo. W., teller March election . 3 00 

painting 17 00 

20 00 



Ainoimt carried forward, $680 82 



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SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT. 



Amount brought forward^ $680 82 

Crowell, Josepli F., refreshments for town 

officers, March election 35 00 

board of registrars and assessors . , 18 00 

town officers, November election . 35 00 

88 00 

Delano, Gilbert, services as assessor . . 100 00 

stock and labor . . 22 16 

122 16 

Doane, Geo. H., stock and labor .... 5 45 

Douglass, S. F., posting notices .... 4 00 

Earp, John B., balance as auditor 1896 

1897 25 00 

Earp, W. G., P. M., stamps and envelopes 13 90 

Ellison, Coolidge & Co., treasurer's bond 75 00 

Evans & Cole, use of teams 13 50 

Fairbanks Co., supplies 1 00 

Gardner, Peleg, assessor 1 year 100 00 

Greenough, Adams & Cushing, supplies . 1 50 

Gilley, Richard G., constable 13 00 

Gilley, William, bondsman for collector of 

taxes 16 66 

Gordon, Hiram W., sundries 2 01 

Haley, Michael, labor 1 00 

Hastings & Sons' Publishing Co., adver- 
tising . 3 45 

Hastings, Wilniot R., services as chairman 

. board of selectmen 1 year . . . 300 00 
Harris, Charles E., services as milk inspec- 
tor 35 00 

Harris & Dwelley, surveying north shore 

state road 150 00 



Amount carried forivard^ 



$1,651 45 



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SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT. 

Amotmt brought forward^ ' $1,651 45 

Harris, G. W., services as sealer of weights 

and measures , 35 00 

painting steps, Kings beach .... 3 00 

as 00 

Harris, Samuel T., constable 15 00 

Hatch, W. M., teller March election . . 3 00 

Honors, Benjamin O., treasurer 400 00 

stationery and car fare 12 50 

412 50 

Honors, S. L , secretary of assessors ... 25 00 

Hunt, A. F., M.D., reporting 8 births . . 2 00 
Jackson, Charles T., teller November 

election 3 00 

Jeffers, Charles P., supplies 36 

Kendrick, Mary, storage of life-boat ... 10 00 

Kenney, F. Vv!, M.D , reporting 20 births 5 00 

King, G. P\ & Co., supi^lies 32 14 

King, G. F. & Merrill, supplies 2 10 

Little, Brown & Co., Massachusetts stat- 
utes and supplement 7 15 

Lyons, James T., inspector November 

election 5 00 

Marblehead, Town of, tax on gravel pit . 6 45 

■Martin, Eben, distributing town reports . 3 00 

Martin, H. Bryan, teller March election . 3 00 
Maxfield, E. A., secretary board of auditors 

1 year .... "75 00 

Meek, Henry M., 2 directories 4 00 

Melzard, George T., selectman 1 year . . 200 00 

Meizard, John E , painting signs .... 5 00 

distributing bills with teams . • . 5 00 

10 00 



Amount carried forivard^ 



$2,513 15 



1898] AUDITOR'S REPORT. 137 



SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT. 

Amoimt brought forward^ 12,513 15 

Meramble, C. E., M.D., reporting 3 birtlis ' 75 
Merritt, Jay C, balance auditor, 1896-97 . 25 00 

chairman board of auditors, 1 year, 

1897-98 75 00 

100 00 

Meriitt, John R., moderator 25 00 

Millett, D. Holman, chairman of assessors 200 00 

Moulton, James II., selectman 200 00 

Morris, Oscar F., teller March election . . 3 00 

teller November election 3 00 

6 00 

Mower, Earle A., 63 returns of death . . 15 75 

Murphy, P. B., painting . 1 50 

Newhall, George, inspector of cattle, pro- 
visions, etc., 11 months 91 63 

Newhall, H. W., M. D., reporting 4 births 1 00 

Nichols, G. H. & A. L., printing ... 59 50 

Nichols, Thomas P., printing 1,250 reports 345 60 

printing 57 50 

403 10 

Niles & Carr, services as town counsel, year 

ending March 31, 1897 200 00 

legal services, Porter vs. town . . . 128 15 

328 15 

Nisbett, D. W., registrar of voters ... 35 00 

Olson, Andrew, inspector March election 5 00 

teller November election 3 00 

8 00 

Owens, Jefferson G., constable 2 50 

Philbrick & Pope, sundries 80 

Porter, Frank V., teller March election . ' 3 00 

teller November election 3 00 

6 GO 

Reed, B. F., distributing bills . . • . . 1 50 



Amoufit carried forward, 



$3,999 33 



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SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT. 

Amount brought forward^ ^3,999 33 

Roberts, C. K. & W. H., expressing ... 3 25 

Roberts, Daniel, est?xte of rent of land for 
hay scales and drinking fountain, 

1896-97 24 00 

Rich, B. F., distributing town reports with 

team 5 00 

ballot clerk March election 5 00 

inspector November election .... 5 00 

15 00 

Rowell, C. G., witnessing documents . . 1 00 

Russell, Edmund, teller March election . 3 00 

use of team 1 50 

4 50 

Ryan, M. J., labor. . .' 1 00 

Shattuck, S. M., teller March election . 3 00 

Small, J. P., lock and keys 85 

Stadly, Geo. W. & Co., atlas of the Town 

of Swampscott 20 00 

Stanley, John, bondsman for collector of 

taxes 16 66 

Stanley, J. G., teller November election . 3 00 

Stimpson, D. P., insurance on stone crusher 

plant 45 00 

Stone, Abram G., teller November election 3 00 

labor 5 00 

8 00 

Thing, Ernest B., registrar of voters . . 35 00 

Till, George T. town clerk 100 00 

clerk of board of selectmen .... 200 00 

clerk of registrars 45 00 

recording births, deaths and marriages 55 75 

sundries 10 50 

411 25 



Amount carried forward^ 14,590 84 



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139 



SELECTMEN'S DEPARTMENT. 

Amount brought forward^ $4,590 84 

Thomas, Edward H., teller November elec- 
tion , 3 00 

Thompson, Waldo & Son, services . . 6 00 

Thurston, Frank D , teller March election 3 00 

Thurston, John W., registrar of voters . 35 00 

Tuttle, Edgar M., teller November election 3 00 
Wheeler, James, estate of James Wheeler, 

constable 1896 6 00 

Wiley, E. F., distributing town reports 

with team * 5 50 



14,652 34 



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School Department. 

Appropriation $16,000 00 

Receipts 87 24 

$16,087 24 

Amount of expenditure $15,656 26 

Balance unexpended 430 98 

$16,087 24 

EXPENDITUIiES. 

Allyn & Bacon, books $ 35 35 

American Book Co., books 98 08 

American Express Co., expressing ... 15 70 

Babb, Edward E. & Co., books 80 71 

Badger, W. B. & Co., desk and chair . . . 21 00 

Bain, Charlotte, teacher 180 00 

Bailey, E. M., school committee .... 100 00 

sundries 1 40 

101 40 

Barnard, F. J. & Co., binding books . . 83 17 

Balch, Gardner P., principal High School 1,700 04 

Bill, E. A., teacher 750 00 

music 3 50 

753 50 

Bodrick School Furniture Co., desks ... 58 00 

Boston School Supply Co., books .... 15 10 

Boyl, D. T., labor . , 4 00 

Burns & Bee, repairs, Phillips school . . 80 00 

Bryson, James, labor with team .... * 7 00 

" Cahill, Thomas, labor 4 00 

Castor, T. H. & Co., books 5 66 

Casey, Bridget, janitress 100 08 

Chase, John E., labor with team .... 7 00 

Cobb & Son, expressing 70 

Coan, Harriet, janitress 100 08, 

Amount carried forward^ $3,400 57 



1898] AUDXTORS' REPORT. 141 



SCHOOL DEPARTMENT. 

Amount h'ought forward^ 13,400 57 

Coan, Peter, labor . 2 00 

Delano, Gilbert, stock and labor .... 187 22 

Delory, Walter A., stock and labor ... 12 57 

Dennison Mfg. Co., supplies 15 22 

Dewing, Ellen M., teacher. ..... 600 00 

DeWolfe, Fiske & Co., books 34 36 

Eastman, E. S., cleaning and repairing 

clocks 9 50 

Educational Publishing Co., books ... 90 

Ellis, Emily P., teacher 425 05 

Evans & Cole, labor with team 2 50 

Farnham, Edith A., teacher 180 00 

Fernald, M. H., teacher 600 00 

Fiske, C. M., five fire extinguishers . . 72 50 

Gardner, Edith S., teacher 425 05 

Gardner, Peleg, stock and labor .... 92 95 

Getchell, B. T., cleaning vaults 21 75 

Ginn & Co., books 221 65 

Glass, Joseph W., labor at Phillips school 80 

Gould, Francis A., teacher 600 00 

Hadley, Elizabeth J., teacher 600 00 

Haley, Michael, labor 4 00 

Haley, William, labor . 10 00 

Hammett, J. L. & Co., supplies 31 04 

Heath, D. C, books 33 46 

Herbert, Geo. C. & Co., supplies .... 5 00 

Hill, John L., tuning piano 4 00 

Holden, Geo. H. & Co., supplies .... 34 61 

Honors, B. O. & Son, fuel 1,151 67 

Houghton, Mifflin & Co., books 31 28 

Hutchinson, W. H., sundries 5 00 

Hutt, M. Isabelle, teacher 574 98 



Amount carried forward^ $9,389 63 



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SCHOOL DEPARTMENT. 

Amount brought forward^ $9,389 63 

Ingalls, Frank E., chairman school com- 
mittee 200 00 

Ingalls, Mabel E., teacher 475 02 

Ingalls & Kendricken, stock and labor . . 77 - 60 

Jackson, May E., teacher ....... 425 05 

Jeffers, C. P., sundries 4 05 

Jordan, Marsh & Co., bookcase 42 00 

Kain, D. J., labor 5 00 

Kektograph Mfg. Co., supplies 3 30 

Kendall, H. C, filling in diplomas ... 2 00 

King, G. F. & Merrill, supplies .... 49 71 

King, G. F. & Co., supplies 284 26 

Knight, Mabel S 525 06 

Leach, Shewell tfe Sanborn, books .... 35 53 
Leroyd, J. P. services for lecture at 

Phillips Schoool . . 5 00 

Lynn Gas & Electric Co., gas 9 72 

Machon, Emma J., teacher 450 00 

Mahan, John, labor . . . • 7 00 

Marblehead Water Co., water rates ... 110 00 

labor . ' . 1 25 

Ill 25 

Martin, Gratin, expressing 75 

Matsuki, Bunkis, vase 1 75 

Maynard, Merrill & Co., books 2 70 

Morse Co., map 30 

Murphy, Leavens & Co., supplies .... 15 69 

Nichols, C. A. & Co., books 30 00 

Nichols, Thomas P., printing 55 25 

Peabody, Whitney Co., sundries .... 9 00 

Philbrick & Pope, plumbing 58 51 

Phillips & Adams, painting and glazing . 9 80 



Amount carried forward^ 



$12,284 93* 



1898] AUDITORS' REPORT. 143 



SCHOOL DEPARTMENT. 

Amount broicght forward^ $12,'284 93 

Puritan Publishing Co., boolis 3 50 

Pratt & Babb, expressing 3 23 

Prang Educational Co., supplies .... 139 88 

Rand, McNally & Co., books 31 92 

Rich, John C, sawdust and teaming . . 1 10 

Rideout, A. Lillian, teacher 600 00 

Roberts, C. K. & W. H., expressing ... 23 75 

Rodrick, A. F., labor 4 00 

Rodrick, Charles, janitor 637 53 

sundries 35 40 

672 93 

Rowell, C. G., stock and labor Essex street 

vault 67 77 

Ryan, M. J., labor 6 00 

Shaw, S. H., labor with team 7 00 

Silver, Burdett & Co., supplies 21 16 

Sleeper, G. E. & Co., plumbing 31 80 

Small, E. P\, school committee .... 100 00 

Small, J. P., labor . 1 10 

Small, Willard, book 50 

Son, Daniel Pratt, two clocks 8 00 

Spurr, W. B., flags 510 

Stanley, L. C, teacher 450 00 

Stimpson, D. P., insurance 38 63 

Stone, Abram G., janitor . • 450 00 

Sulpho Napthal Co., supplies 3 00 

Thompson, Brown & Co., supplies ... 68 72 

Till, Geo. T., supplies . * 29 47 

Titus, Buckley & Co., chairs, 7 87 

Chair rental 12 25 

20 12 

Tuttle & Edgerly, excavating cellar ... ' 29 76 

Verry, Mabel F., teacher 450 00 



Amount carried forward^ $15,553 37 



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[Feb. 28 



SCHOOL DEPARTMENT. 



Amount brought forward, 115,553 37 

Wadsworlh, Howland & Co , supplies . 68 30 

Ware, William & Co , supplies and books 20 35 

Werner School Book Co., books 14 24 



115,656 26 



RECEIPTS. 

Kent of school-room $50 00 

Thompson, Brown & Co., amount overpaid 

and books exchanged 37 24 

$87 24 



Phillips School Medal Fund. 

On deposit in Lynn Five Cents Savings 

Bank $500 00 

Interest to Jan. 1, 1898 .63 06 

$563 06 

On deposit in Lynn Institution for Savings 500 00 
Interest to Nov. 1, 1897 63 06 

563 06 



$1,126 12 



Chemical Laboratory. 

Appropriation $2,500 00 

Amount overdrawn 07 

$2,500 07 

Amount of expenditures $2,500 07 



1898] 



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145 



CHEMICAL LABORATORY. 



JiXPENDITURES. 

Delory, Walter A., stock and labor . . . $58 81 

Harris & Dwelly, services ...... 3 50 

King, G. F. & Co., supplies 5 76 

Knott, L. E., Apparatus Co., supplies . . 470 25 

Paine Furniture Co., stools and desks . . 23 20 

Ritchie, E. S. & Sons, supplies 23 17 

Thompson, Waldo & Son, insurance . . 25 00 

Titus & Poor, contract and extras ... 1,726 70 
Tuttle & Edgerly, labor and sundries on 

foundations 59 85 

labor 18 83 

73 68 

Wheeler, Holman K., specification and 

supervision 90 00 



$2,500 07 



Fire Department. 



Appropriation $5,000 00 

Receipts 1,085 86 

Amount overdrawn 255 95 

$6,341 81 

Amount of expenditures $6,341 81 



EXPENDITURES. 

American Express Co., expressing ... $ 2 70 

American Fire Engine Co., 8 water flues . 11 95 

sundries 26 75 

38 70 

Ames & Co., standard food 6 00 



Amount carried forward, $47 40 



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FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Amount brought forward^ $47 40 

Bacheller, O. L., services 10 00 

Baker, F. A., sundries 1 52 

Barnes, A. T., services 5 83 

Bassett, F. H., services as assistant engi- 
neer 37 50 

Bergen, John T., blacksmithing 4 25 

Bessom, F. N., services 26 25 

Blaney, E. G., Jr., services 5 83 

Bonney, G. C, services ........ 16 11 

Boston Woven Hose & Rubber Co., sup- 
plies 22 00 

hose and repairs ... 35 80 

57 80 

Breed, S. N. & Co., supplies 11 03 

Brockway-Smith Corporation, supplies . 18 59 

Brown, H. B., services 51 86 

Butman, J. & W. W., supplies 3 00 

Cahoon, Geo P., balance services as chief 

engineer . 150 00 

Cahoon, Geo. W., services 23 33 

Cahoon, Oscar M., services 35 21 

Carroll, W. H., services 14 60 

Caverly, J. L , hay and grain 310 13 

Chapman Valve Mfg. Co., sundries ... 1 28 

Chapman, F. L., services 5 83 

Chase, F. G., services 13 16 

Clark, W. S., services 131 00 

Clark, Lewis G., services 5 83 

Cobb & Son, expressing 2 25 

Coffin, H. W , services 176 45 

Collins, C. H., services . 135 00 

Collins, C. A., services 5 83 

Connell, C, services 26 25 



Amount carried forward^ $1,333 12 



1898] AUDITORS' REPORT. 147 



FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Afnount brought forward^ $1,333 12 

Corson, G. W., services 8 73 

Crowell, J. B., services 1 45 

Curtis & Bubier, supplies 56 

Curtis, J. F., services 20 37 

Davey, Thomas & Co., supplies 1 30 

Earp, John B., services 5 83 

Easterbrook, H. H., 1 copy Massachusetts 

lire laws . • 1 00 

Eastman, E. S., repairing clock 1 00 

Emerson, Daniel, M. D. V., professional 

services 12 50 

Emmons, E. Gerry, services as chief engi- 
neer 187 50 

stock and labor 26 80 

214 30 

Evans & Cole, use of horses 60 75 

Farrington, C, labor on harnesses . ... 1 15 

Foster, G. D., services 583 

Gardner, Peleg, stock and labor .... 711 

Getchell, B. T., cleaning vault 6 00 

Glazier &, Briggs, labor on steamer ... 5 70 

Goodwin, Frank, services 5 83 

Hanson, J. & Son, supplies 2 00 

Hawes, J. B , services 5 83 

Hight, Howard, services 5 84 

Holbrook, Amos, services 5 83 

Holden, G. H. & Co., supplies 259 16 

Honors, B. O. & Son, fuel 204 03 

Jackson, A. S., supplies 75 -88 

Jackson, Thomas, labor ........ 11 00 

Jeffers, Chas. P., supplies 1 00 

Jennings, Harry, hay and grain 131 05 

Kendrick, Clarence D., services 6 67 



Amount carried forward^ 



12,400 82 



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FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Amount brought forward^ $2,400 82 

Kennison, J. B., use of water cart .... 5 00 

Kezer, L. F., services 5 83 

King, G. F. & Co., supplies 6 15 

Lampard, G. H., services 5 83 

Little, T. L. Oil Co., oil 4 88 

Lovell, John P. Arms Co., supplies 2 16 

Lynn Electric Dept., supplies 1 56 

Lynn Gas & Electric Co., gas 54 46 

Lynn Public Water Board, hydrant ... 33 00 

Mahan, J. C, services 26 24 

Marblehead Water Co., stock and labor . 100 84 

expense for whistle : 14 52 

115 36 

Melzard, John E., services as assistant en- 
gineer 38 00 

stock and labor 57 71 

95 71 

Merrill, F. E., services 85 73 

Mitchell, A. W. Mfg. Co., 3 badges ... 6 00 

Mitchell, E. E., services 2 91 

Mitchell, J., services 14 55 

Moore, C. M. & Son, use of water cart . 50 00 

Moulton, C. W. H. & Co., ladder .... 6 60 

Mullen, L. C, services 5 83 

Nickerson, Geo. M. & Co., plumbing . . 9 20 
New England Telephone & Telegraph Co., 

rent and tolls 72 34 

Oulton, J. W. & Co., supplies 1 75 

Owens,' Jefferson G., services 45 77 

blacksmithing 98 90 

144 67 

Page, F. A., services 789 00 

Pedrick, H. G., services 5 83 



Amount carried forward^ $3,960 41 



1898] AUDITORS' REPORT. 149 



FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Amount brought forivard, 13,960 41 

Pickard, L. W., services 658 00 

Philbrick & Pope, stock and labor ... 26 65 
Phillips, Jas. E., balance services as assist- 
ant engineer 8 33 

Phillips, Warren W., bedding 10 05 

Plumstead, M. & Son, supplies 60 10 

Pray, William B., services 47 83 

Reed, George, services 3 00 

Reed, Elmer, services 10 50 

Rich, B. F., services 2 00 

Roberts, C. K., balance services as assist- 
ant engineer 8 33 

Roberts, C. P., services 23 28 

Roberts, C. K. & W. H., expressing ... 25 90 

Rogers, A. F., services 9 83 

Rowell, Arthur, stock and labor .... * 1 50 

Rowell, C. G., services 5 83 

Rowell, G. W., services 26 25 

Ryan, John, services 6 00 

Russell, Edwin, services 5 83 

Saville, Somes & Co., supplies 5 92 

Sawyer, Chase & Co., repairs 85 

Selman, W. L. & Co., team hire , . . . 3 50 

Smith, Alonzo 11., supplies ....... 15 40 

Smith, Robert, services 9 22 

Smith, W.I, supplies 40 

Spinney, J. D., services ........ 27 83 

Stevens, Geo. M., 1-3 circuit repeater . . 300 00 
supplies and labor ........ 153 92 

453 92 

Stimpson, D. P., insurance 30 00 

Stratton, Frank B., M. D. V., professional 

services 7 00 



Amount carried forward^ 



$5,453 66 



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FIRE DEPARTMENT. 



Amount brought forward^ 15,453 66 

Taylor, E. B., services 26 25 

Thomas, Walter A., services 26 19 

Till, Geo. T., supplies 13 75 

Titus & Buckley Co., supplies 23 35 

Titus & Poor, stock and labor 15 27 

Twisden, C. H., services 4 17 

Tyler, T. Frank & Co., sa}»plies 2 15 

United States Fire and Police Telegraph Co 

indicator and system inspected . . 100 00 

repairing 15 00 

115 00 

Walker, Pratt Mfg. Co., 1 water heater . 4 50 

Warnock, James, services 645 00 

sundries 2 52 

647 52 

Webster, G. C, supplies 3 00 

Young, Frank L. & Kimball, 1 barrel of oil 7 00 



$6,341 81 



EECEIPTS. 

Owens, J. G., rent of old engine house . . 45 77 

Telephone tolls 2 59 

CREDIT BY LABOR. 

Highway 86 25 

Watering streets 951 25 

11,085 86 



Fire Alarm Box. 

Appropriation $100 00 

Amount expenditures $80 00 

Balance unexpended 20 00 

$100 00 



189S] AUDITORS' REPORT. 1 5 1 



FIRE ALARM BOX. 

EXPENDITUKES. 

Stevens, Geo. M , fire alarm box .... $80 00 



Fire Ladders. 

Appropriation $255 00 

Amount of expenditures $252 50 

Balance unexpended 2 50 

$255 00 



EXPENDITURES. 

Moulton, C. W. H. & Co., ladders .... $252 50 



Hose House. 

Appropriation $250 00 

Amount of expenditures $227 16 

Balance unexpended 22 84 

1250 00 



EXPENDITUKES. 

Breed, S. N". & Co., stock 25 48 

Brockway- Smith Corporation, supplies 16 68 
Delano, Gilbert, stock and labor as per con- 
tract 165 00 

Quinn, Martin L. & Co., roofing .... 20 00 



$227 16 



Engine House Repairs. 

Appropriation $350 00 

Amount of expenditures $345 32 

Balance unexpended 4 68 

$850 00 



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ENGINE HOUSE REPAIRS. 

EXPENDITURES. 

Delano, Gilbert, stock and labor .... $76 85 

Quinn, ]\rartin L. & Co , roofing .... 45 00 

Rowell, Edgar W., stock and labor ... 20 00 

Rowell, C. G., stock and labor 9 47 

Russell, Edmund, painting 189 00 

Smith, W. M., whitewashing 5 00 



$845 32 



Highway Department. 

Appropriation $4,500 00 

Special appropriation Sept. 30, 1897 . . . 1,000 00 

Receipts 6 00 

Amount overdrawn 163 63 

15,669 63 

Amount of expenditures $5,669 63 



EXPENDITUEES. 

Boston Belting Co., belt $ 5 04 

Boyden, W. M., labor 8 00 

Boyl, D. T., labor 39 00 

Burnett, James, labor 10 00 

Burnett, J. W., labor 8 50 

Brackett, T. W., labor 13 00 

Breed, S. N. & Co., supplies 29 36 

Brockway-Smith Corporation, supplies . . 20 70 

Bryson, James, labor with team . . 42 00 

Cahill, Thomas, labor 344 20 

Cahoon, H. L., labor 8 00 

Cahoon, J. S., labor 2 00 



Aniou7it carried forward^ $529 80 



18US] AUDITORS' REPORT. 153 



HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT. 

Amoimt brought forward^ $529 80 

Oarr, C. H., labor . • • . . . ' 6 00 

Carroll, Patrick, labor 151 50 

Chase, John E., labor with team .... 126 00 

Coan, Peter, labor . 250 00 

Cooiiey, J. C, labor 8 00 

Ciillen, H., sundries and blacksmithing . . 20 75 

Crowell, J. B., labor 10 00 

Delory, Walter A., supplies . 12 60 

Dyer, T. S., labor 2 00 

Eastman, Fred IL, surveying 5 50 

P>ans & Cole, labor with team 470 37 

Falls, F. L., labor 7 00 

Finnegan, J. F., labor 13 00 

Finnegan, W. L., labor 2 00 

Fire Department, labor with team ... 86 25 

Gannon, W. F., labor with team .... 64 75 

Gardner, C. H., labor 8 00 

Gardner, Peleg, stock and labor ..... 1 66 

Goodwin, Frank, labor 6 00 

Granger, S. G., labor with team .... . 170 62 

Griffin, John, labor • . 8 00 

Growe, J. M. & Co., 37-foot ladder ... 1100 

Haley, Michael, labor 136 50 

Haley, William, labor 214 50 

Hamilton, J. S., labor 3 00 

Hammond, Stephen, labor 5 00 

Harris, C. E., labor 5 00 

Harris, G. W., labor 7 00 

Hawes, J. B., labor with team 76 25 

Holden, Geo. H. & Co., sundries .... 11 21 

Honors, B. O. & Son, fuel 6 00 

Jackson, Geo. A., 110 loads of gravel @ 15c 16 50 

Jewett, Henry C, paint 1 09 



Amount carried forward^ • $2,452 85 



1 54 



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[Feb. 28 



HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT. 



Amount brought forward^ $2,452 85 

Jordan, Thomas, labor 6 00 

Kain, D. J., labor 197 50 

Kehoe, O. L., labor 3 00 

Kennedy, F. P., labor 7 00 

Lampard Geo. H., paint 1 50 

Lyons, J. T., labor 8 00 

Mahan, John, labor 192 00 

Mahan, William, labor 2 00 

Maker, C. H., labor 8 00 

Martin, B. A., labor 6 00 

Martin, P. A., labor 6 00 

Martin, Richard, labor 175 00 

Monahan, P. J., labor 4 00 

Myers, Daniel, labor . 40 00 

McDerraott, Bryan, labor 14 60 

McDermott, B. M., labor 8 00 

McDonough, Mrs. John, labor with team . 351 12 

Newhall, George, labor 16 00 

Nickerson, Josiah, labor 8 00 

Nichols, G. H. & A. L., printing .... 6 00 

Nies, C. E., labor with team 73 75 

Nies, J. P., labor with team 66 50 

Olson, Peter, labor 7 00 

Owens, Jefferson G., blacksmithing ... 30 58 

Paine, G. H., engineer stone crusher . . 15 00 

Pecker, James, labor 3 00 

Pedrick, B. C., labor 8 00 

Philbrick & Pope, sundries 28 22 

Pitman, J. P. M. S., 45 -weeks' superin- 
tendent 900 00 

Rich, R. L., labor 8 00 

Roberts, E B , labor with team 75 25 

Rowell, Arthur, stock and labor 1 25 



Amount carried forward^ $4,729 12 



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155 



HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT. 



A?nount brought forward^ 14,729 12 

Rowell, C. G., stock and labor .... 16 85 

Howell, E. W., labor 6 00 

Russell, Edmund, labor 5 00 

Ryan, Michael, labor 67 50 

Ryan, M. J., labor 275 30 

Ryan, Timothy, labor 165 50 

Shaw, S. H., labor with team ...... 271 24 

Slattery, J. P., labor 4 00 

Sleeper, Geo. E. & Co ,200 loads of gravel 20 00 

Spinney, J. D., labor 8 00 

Stone, A. D., labor 9 00 

Stubbs, A. D., labor 6 00 

Thing, F. H., labor 8 00 

Thurston, F. D., labor 6 00 

Titus & Poor, stock and labor ..... 40 12 
Union Snow Plough & Wagon Co., 2 shoes 

for plough 4 50 

Wardwell, H. W., labor 19 50 

Wiley, E. T., labor 8 00 



15,669 63 



RECEIPTS. 

From sundry parties ........ |6 00 



King Street Extension. 

Balance March 1st, 1897 $240 87 

Amount of expenditures ....... |83 99 

Balance unexpended 156 88 

$240 87 



1 56 TOWN DOCUMENTS. [Feb. 28 



KING STREET EXTENSION. 

EXPENDITURES. 

Carroll, M. P., wheelbarrow ..... $ 2 25 

Granger, S. G., labor with team 10 00 

Haley, William, labor 2 00 

Kain, D. J., labor 19 37 

Mahan, John, labor 2 00 

Martin, Richard, labor . 15 50 

Ryan, M. J., labor ........ 23 25 

Shaw, S. H., labor with team 9 62 



$83 99 



Street Crossings 

Appropriation 8600 00 

Receipts 94 41 

$694 41 

Amount of expenditures . 537 05 

Balance unexpended 157 36 

— $694 41 



EXPENDITURES. 

Blethen, Curry & Co., crossing stone . . $426 43 

Coan, Peter, labor 25 00 

Eastman, Fred H., surveying 6 50 

Haley, Michael, labor . • 9 00 

Kain, D. J., labor 31 87 

Ryan, M. J., labor 38 25 



$537 05 



REIMBURSEMENT. 

Boston & Maine Railroad 



$94 41 



1898] AUDITORS' REPORT. 157 



Redington Street Ledge. 

Appropriation $550 00 

Amount overdrawn 23 77 

$573 77 

Amount of expenditures $573 77 



EXPENDITURES. 

Boyl, D. T., labor $10 00 

Bryson, James, labor with team .... 15 75 

Cahill, Thomas, labor 12 00 

Carroll, Patrick, labor 32 50 

Chase, John E., labor with team .... 15 75 

Coan, Peter, labor 35 00 

Eastman, Fred H., surveying 12 50 

Granger, S. G., labor with team .... 33 25 

Griffin, John, labor 20 50 

Haley, Michael, labor 41 50 

Haley, William, labor 6 00 

Jackson, George A., rebuilding wall dis- 
placed by blasting . 25 00 

Kain, D. J., labor . / 32 25 

Mahan, John, labor 16 00 

Martin, P. A., labor 20 50 

Martin, Richard, labor 30 50 

McDonough, John Mrs., labor with team 10 00 

Ryan, M. J., labor . . 45 50 

Ryan, Timothy, labor 24 50 

Shaw, S. H., labor with team 2 62 

Till, Geo. T., 16 loads gravel 2 40 

Thurston, F. D., labor 20 50 

Tuttle & Edgerly, drilling and blasting . 109 25 



$573 77 



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[Feb. 28 



Humphrey Street Drain. 

Appropriation $650 00 

Amount overdrawn 24 03 



$674 03 

Amount of expenditures $674 03 



EXPENDITURES. 

Blethen, Curry & Co., catch-basin stones . ^18 00 

Breed, S. N. & Co., lumber 17 27 

Boyl, D. T., labor , 9 00 

Bryson, James, labor with team ... . 1 75 

Cahill, Thos., labor 13 00 

Carroll, Patrick, labor 25 00 

Coan, Peter, labor 27 00 

Eastman, Fred II., surveying 25 00 

Evans & Cole, labor with team 12 50 

Granger, S. G., labor with team 35 25 

Griffin, John, labor . 8 00 

Haley, Michael, labor 18 00 

Haley, Wm., labor . 3 00 

Kain, 1). J., labor . . 31 00 

Mahan, John, labor 3 00 

Martin, P. A., labor 12 00 

Martin, Richard, labor 30 00 

McDonough, John Mrs., labor with team . 20 00 

Nies, Martin, labor with team 12 25 

Philbrick & Pope, drain pipe and teaming 195 65 

Rowell, C. G., stock and labor 30 59 

Ryan, M. J., labor 40 00 

Ryan, Michael, labor 300 

Ryan, Timothy, labor 12 00 

Shaw, S. H., labor with team 10 50 

Smith, Alonzo H., catch-basin cover ... 5 50 

Thurston, F. D., labor 17 00 

Titus & Poor, stock and labor 38 77 

: S674 03 



1898] AUDITORS' REPORT. 159 



Catch Basins and Gutters. 

Appropriation . $500 00 

Amount of expenditures $177 15 

Balance unexpended 3t22 85 

$500 00 



EXPENDITUKES. 

Boyl, D. T., labor $ 2 00 

Eastman, Fred H., surveying 5 00 

Granger, S. G., labor with team 5 00 

Kain, D. J., labor 40 00 

Martin, Richard, labor 32 00 

McDonough, John Mrs., labor with team . 17 50 

Rowell, Arthur, stock and labor .... 6 65 

Ryan, M. J., labor 48 00 

Shaw, S. H., labor with team 21 00 



$177 15 



Essex Street Fence. 

Appropriation $250 00 

Amount of expenditures $246 37 

Balance unexpended 3 63 

$250 00 



EXPENDITURES. 

Boyl, D. T., labor $ 9 00 

Cahill, Thomas, labor 9 00 

Eastman, Fred H., surveying 6 00 

Galeucia, Charles O., stock and labor . . 25 00 

Nies, J. P., labor 15 75 

Titus & Poor, stock and labor 181 62 



$246 37 



160 TOWN DOCUMENTS. [Feb. 28 



Sidewalks. 

Appropriation 81,000 00 

Amount of expenditures ^914 82 

Balance unexpended 85 18 

$1,000 00 



EXPENDITURES. 

Boy], D. T., labor $12 00 

Cahili, Thomas, labor 60 50 

Gaboon, J. S., labor 5 00 

Carroll, Patrick, labor 61 50 

Coan, Peter, labor 35 50 

Chase, John E., labor with team ... 12 25 

Evans & Cole, labor Avith team 45 00 

Granger, S. G., labor with team 102 50 

Gardner, Peleg, stock and labor .... 37 57 

Haley, Michael, labor 53 50 

Haley, William, labor 22 50 

Kain, D. J., labor . . 4 00 

^fahan, John, labor . . . • 25 50 

Mahan, W. H., labor 7 00 

Martin, P. A., labor 14 50 

Martin, Richard, labor 28 00 

INIarsh, Edward, Jr., labor 1 00 

McDonough, John Mrs., labor with team 120 00 

Xies, J. P., labor with team 19 25 

Nies, Martin, labor 8 75 

Pitman, J. P. M. S., superintendent 7 

weeks 140 00, 

Roberts, E. B., labor with team . . • . 12 25 

Ryan, M. J., labor 4 00 

Ryan, Timothy, labor 56 50 

Shaw, S. H., labor with team 26 25 



.$914 82 



1898] AUDITORS' REPORT. 161 



Concrete and Curbstones. 

Appropriation $500 00 

Reimbursements 387 40 

Due to Town 27 32 

Amount overdrawn 2 13 

$916 85 

Amount of expenditures $916 85 



EXPENDITURES. 

Blethen, Curry Co., edge and curbstones . $522 04 

Cabill, Thomas, labor 8 00 

Carroll, Patrick, labor 10 00 

Coan, Peter, labor 38 00 

Eastman, Fred H., surveying 34 70 

Haley, Michael, labor 27 00 

Hook, Hiram, laying and repairing con- 
crete 49 18 

Kain, D. J., labor 61 25 

Martin, Richard, labor 41 00 

Phillips, D. K., laying curbstones .... 40 98 

Ryan, M. J., labor 73 50 

Ryan, Timothy, labor 8 00 

Shattuck & Delano, oil and wicks .... 3 20 



$916 85 



BEIMBTJESEMENTS. 

Brooks, G. C $ 5 00 

Phillips, L. H 303 67 

Smith, George 31 62 

Williams, G. E 42 11 

Wardwell, S. H 5 00 

$387 40 

DUE TO TOWN. 

For concrete and curbstones 27 32 



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[Feb. 28 



Atlantic Avenue Grade. 



Appropriation $5U 00 

Amount of expenditures 50 00 



EXPENDITURES. 

Eastman, Fred H., surveying $50 00 



Water Rates. 

Appropriation $750 00 

Amount of expenditures $702 09 

Balance unexpended . 47 91 

$750 00 



EXPENDITURES. 

Marblehead Water Co. 

water rales for 31 hydrants, 1 year to 

April 1, 1898 20 00 $620 00 

water rates for 3 drinking fountains, 

1 year to April 1, 1898 . . .25 00 75 00 

$695 00 

Philbrick & Pope, repairs, etc., on drinking 

fountain 7 09 

$702 09 



Health Department. 

Appropriation $2,000 00 

Amount of expenditures $1,814 83 

Balance unexpended 185 17 

$-2,000 00 



1898] AUDITORS' REPORT 163 



HEALTH DEPARTMENT. 

EXPENDITUKES. 

Adams, Jolin I., services as chairman 1 

year $ 75 00 

Adams, Wilbur B., secretary board of 

health 1 year 25 00 

Brackett, T., labor 4 00 

Doughty, Willis E., committee 1 year . . 60 00 

Douglas, S. F., posting notices 4 00 

Evans & Cole, labor with team 14 00 

use of team 6 00 

20 00 

Gilley, Richard, labor 10 00 

Granger, S. G., labor with team .... 15 75 
Hammond, Stephen, labor 8 00 
Hastings & Son's Publishing Co., adver- 
tising 8 68 

Holden, Geo. H. & Co., supplies .... 1 00 

Horton, Joseph A., labor 4 00 

Kendrick, R. P., labor 3 00 

Martin, Gratin, burying carrion .... 5 00 

Martin, Peter A., labor 9 87 

McDonough, Michael, collecting house 

offal 1 year 1,185 00 

Neis, Martin, burying carrion 50 

Msbett, D. W., labor 8 00 

Nisbett, J. E. O., fumigathig 1 house . . 2 50 

Pedrick, B. C, labor 186 00 

Pettengell, S. J , sundries 1 40 

Rich, John C, burying dog 1 00 

Rowe, Allen S., disposal of vault matter . 90 00 

Shaw, S. H., labor with team 3 50 

Small, J, P., paint and labor 1 88 

Small, W. T., repairs on dory 1 25 



Amount carried forward^ $1,734 33 



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HEALTH DEPARTMENT. 

Amount brought forward^ 11,734 33 

Thurston, F. D., labor 8 00 

Whitten & Cass, printing 12 50 

Wiley, Edwin F., committee 1 year ... 60 00 

11,814 83 



Whales Beach. 

Appropriation $50 00 

Amount of expenditures $ 4 00 

Balance unexpended 46 00 

$50 00 



EXPENDITURES. 

Kennedy, Fred P., labor $2 00 

Martin, Peter A., labor 2 00 

$4 00 



Assessors' Map of Town. 

Appropriation, $1,600 00 

Amount of expenditures, $625 00 

Balance unexpended, 975 00 

$1,600 00 

EXPENDITURES. 

Eastman, Fred. H., labor, surveying, . . $600 00 

Stimpson, Dan'l P., estate of, 

services rendered and expense in- 
curred by Dan'l P. Stimpson as a 
member of the committee on assess- 
ors' map 25 00 



$625 00 



1893] 



AUDITORS' REPORT. 



165 



Street Light Department, 



Appropriation . . 47,500 00 

Special appropriation Sept. 30, 1897 ... 72 00 

Receipts 102 62 

Amount overdrawn 141 61 

$7,816 23 

Amount of expenditures $7,816 23 



EXPENDITUIIES. 

Eagleston, J. V., painting and numbering 

poles ■ $ 18 00 

Evans & Cole, carriage hire, 2 years ... 33 50 

Lynn Gas and Electric Co., lighting streets 

1 year $7,685 82 

gas used at Burrill street bridge . . 53 91 

7,739 73 

Norcross, W. Percy, care gas lights at Bur- 
rill street bridge 1 year 25 00 



$7,816 23 



REIMBURSEMENT. 

Lynn Gas and Electric Co., for overpay- 
ment $102 62 



Honument Lot. 

Appropriation $35 00 

Amount overdrawn 1 50 

$36 50 

Amount of expenditures $36 50 



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[Feb. 28 



MONUMENT LOT. 

EXPENDITURES. 



Glass, Joseph W., care of lot $35 00 

Shattuck & Delano, supplies ...... 1 50 



136 50 



nemorial Day. 

Appropriation $100 00 

Amount of expenditures 100 00 



EXPENDITURES. 

Gen. James L. Bates Post No. 118, G. A. R. $100 00 



Park. 

Balance March 1, 1897 $9,866 00 

Receipts 586 64 

$10,452 64 

Amount of expenditures $4,626 02 

Balance unexpended 5.826 62 

'■ $10,452 64 



EXPENDITURES. 

Blanchard, Florace W., services as super- 
intendent $459 00 

sundries ... 13 95 

$472 95 

Blanchard, Nathaniel, deed of property . 500 00 

Boston Woven Hose & Rubber Co., hose 12 80 

Bubier & Co., vane 18 00 



Amoufit carried forward^ $1,003 75 



1898] AUDITORS' REPORT. 167 



PARK. 

Amount brought forward^ 11,003 75 

Crowell, J. F., cash paid for sundries . . 23 00 

Delory,' Walter A., stock and labor ... 10 72 

Doane, Gfeorge H., stock and labor ... 27 08 

Eaton, George E., printing 6 50 

Gardner, Peleg, balance on contract build- 
ing fish house 250 00 

stock and labor 117 85 

367 85 

Jeffers, C. ]*., supplies 5 75 

Kehoe, James W., deed of property . . . 600 00 

Killani, A. W., copying 1 82 

Kitfield, E. II., sundries 3 00 

Knowlton, James A., deed of property . 1,400 00 

Lampard, George H., stock and labor . . 19 02 

Lynn Gas & Electric Co., gas 60 

Marblehead Water Co., water rates ... 15 00 

McDonough, Michael, labor 13 00 

Paine Furniture Co., table and chairs . 32 00 

Philbrick & Pope, plumbing and supplies 337 32 

Potter, Benj., sundries 6 54 

Redfern, Mary E., deed of property ... 500 00 
Rogers, FT. W., plans and specification for 

fish house . 100 00 

stone tablet and shelf 30 00 

130 00 

Rowell, C. G., stock and labor 9 19 

Seger, William, services as appraiser . . 2 00 

Stimpson, D P., insurance on fish house 37 50 
Thompson, Waldo & Son, insurance on 

fish house 93 90 

Titus & Poor, stock and labor per contract 17 50 

Tuttle & Edgerly, labor ........ 54 87 

Wheeler Irving Co., ensigns 5 31 

Xpedite Engraving Co., engraidng ... 2 80 



$4,626 02 



1 68 TOWN DOCUMENTS. [Feb. 28 



PARK. 

ep:ceipts. 

Interest on deposits, 8199 02 

Rents, etc 887 62 

f $586 64 



Proctor Lot. 

Appropriation $3,000 00 

Amount of expenditures 3,000 00 



EXPENDITURES. 

Proctor, Wm. H., deed of land $3,000 00 



Police Department. 

Appropriation $4,500 00 

Receipts 348 75 

Amount overdrawn 2 39 

$4,851 14 

Amount of expenditures $4,851 14 



EXPENDITUKES. 

Aborn, S. O., supplies $ 24 75 

Amazeen, Louis F., services 1 00 

Burdett, M. W., services as police . . . 273 14 

Burnett, James W., services as i»olice . . 5 00 

Carr, Silas B., services as police . 12 00 

Citizens, Law and Order League of Mass. 

services 110 81 

Amount carried forward^ $426 7() 



1898] AUDITORS' REPORT. 169 



POLICE DEPARTMENT. 

Amount brought forward^ $426 70 

Connor, Geo. M., services as police ... 5 88 

Crowell, J. B., services as police .... 735 00 

sundries 40 

735 40 

Douglass, Henry E., services as police . . 45 00 

Dunlap, Chas. H., services as police . . . 735 00 

sundries 2 26 

737 26 

Eaton, S. D., services and expenses as po- 
lice 44 30 

Gilley, Richard G., services as police . . 211 00 

Glass, Joseph W., services as police ... 1 75 

Goodwin, Frank, services as police ... 45 00 

Hammond, A. S., services as police . . . 780 00 

sundries 55 

780 55 

Harris, Samuel T., balance for services as 

chief of police 45 00 

Harding, Joseph W. & Co , supplies 26 55 

Kain, D. J., services as police • 12 50 

Kendrick, Seth C, services as chief of 

police 784 00 

sundries . . 10 22 

794 22 

Lynn Police Department, wagon .... 6 00 

Mansfield, P. B. & Co., supplies .... 5 00 

McNamara, W. C, service 1 25 

Newhall, George, services as police ... 23 63 

New England Telephone and Telegraph 

Co., rent and tolls 70 80 

Oak Hall Clothing Co., supplies ... 11 75 

Pickard, L. W., services as police .... 9 00 

Russell, Edmund, use of teams 3 50 



Amoufit carried forward^ 



$4,041 54 



1 70 TOWX DOCUMENTS. [Feb. 28 



POLICE DEPARTMENT. 

Amount brought for^vard^ $4,041 54 

Spinney, Joseph D., services as police . . 29 00 

Whorf, John C, services as police ... 780 00 

sundries 60 

780 60 



14,851 14 



RECEIPTS. 

Court tines $115 50 

Jeffries, John 12 00 

Little, Arthur 10 00 

Lodge, Mrs 200 00 

Shepard, John 1 25 

Wardwell Brothers 4 00 

Amount overpaid and reimbursed ... 6 00 

$.348 75 



Town Hall Department. 

Appropriation $750 00 

Special appropriation Sept. 30, 1897 . . 130 00 

Receipts 164 00 

$1,044 00 

Amount of expenditures $962 70 

Balance unexpended 81 30 

$1,044 00 



EXPENDITURES. 

Davey, Thomas & Co., supplies $8 75 

Eastman, E. S., repairs on clocks .... 2 00 

Forbes, W. F., tuning piano 2 00 



Amowit carried for^vard^ $12 75 



1898] 



AUDITORS* REPORT. 



171 



TOWN HALL DEPARTMENT. 



Amoimt brought forward, $12 75 
Getcliell, B. T., cleaning vaults and team- 
ing ashes 5 50 

Hall, H. & Son, reseating chairs .... 1 95 

Holden, Geo. H. & Co., supplies .... 9 25 

Honors, B. O. & Son, fuel ....... 128 45 

Lynn Gas and Electric Co., gas .... 83 95 

Marblehead Water Co., water rates ... 10 50 

Moore, Nixon & Co., sundries . . . . • 5 05 

Mott, James A., services as janitor . . 639 17 

Fettingell, S. J., supplies 58 

Philbrick & Pope, stock and labor ... 19 16 

Phillips & Adams, painting 3 00 

setting glass 1 50 

4 50 

Poor, O. G., stock and labor 9 31 

Power, D. B. H. & Co., supplies ... 1 00 

Sampson & Allen, supplies 8 25 

^ Small, J. G , stock and labor 8 14 

Till, Geo. T., supplies 5 27 

agent, 5 per cent $164.00 receipts . . 8 20 

13 47 

Titus & Poor, stock and labor 72 

Wheeler, I. W. & Co., repairing flag . . 1 00 



$962 70 



RECEIPTS. 

Receipts from G. T. Till, agent $164 00 



Ringing Bell. 

Appropriation $25 00 

Amount of expenditures $15 00 

Balance unexpended 10 00 

25 00 



1 72 TOWN DOCUMENTS. [Feb. 28 



RINGING BELL. 

EXPENDITURES. 

Glass, Joseph W., ringing bell and raising 

flag, one year $15 00 



Street Numbering. 

Appropriation $225 00 

Amount overdrawn 3 50 

$228 50 

Amount of expenditures • . $228 50 



EXPENDITURES. 

Eastman, Fred H., numbering houses as 

per contract $100 00 

Evans & Cole, use of team ....... 3 50 

Gordon, H. W., numbers ....... 125 00 



$228 50 



Weights. 

Appropriation $65 00 

Amount of expenditures $52 50 

Balance unexpended 12 50 

$65 00 



EXPENDITURES, 

Fairbanks Co., The, 10 50-lbs. test weights $30 00 

Fairbanks Co., The, scales 22 50 

$52 50 



1898] AUDITORS' REPORT. 173 



Free Public Library. 

Appropriation $450 00 

l^eceived from County Treasurer, dog tax 326 72 
Receipts, fines and catalogues 24 60 

$801 32 

Amount of expenditures $801 29 

Balance unexpended . 03 

$801 32 



EXPENDITURES. 

Barnard, F. J., & Co., binding books . . 59 75 

Crane, Roy E., ass't librarian 4 months . 12 00 

Ellis, Howard G., ass't librarian 12 months 36 00 

Estes & Lauriat, books . 146 46 

Farnum, Edith A., ass't librarian 7 months 21 00 
Guild, W. H. & Co., 1 year's subscription to 

magazines 74 25 

Honors, Miss S. L., librarian 1 year . . . 200 00 

extra work on catalogues 40 00 

240 00 

Metcalf, E. N., books 3 84 

Nichols, Thos. P., printing • 198 99 

Roberts, C. K. & W. H., expressing , . 6 00 
Rogers, Clarence A., ass't librarian 1 

month 3 00 



$801 29 



Poor Departme.nt. 

Appropriation $3,000 00 

Reimbursements 64 34 

Due to town 72 09 

$3,136 43 

Amount of expenditures $2,922 17 

Balance unexpended 214 26 

$3,136 43 



1 74 TOWN DOCUMENTS. [Feb. 28 



POOR DEPARTMENT. 

EXPENDITURES. 

Abbott, Solomon 

groceries from Shattuck & Delano , $56 40 
fuel from B. O. Honors & Son ... 6 38 

paid Peter A. Martin for watching . 28 00 

$90 78 

Barker, Kate, 

Kate Flynn, board and care .... 144 00 

Burnett, Mary 

groceries from G. PI. IloUlen & Co., 114 4.5 

fuel from B. O. Honors & Son . . . 42 07 

house rent j)aid J. M. Lewis .... .36 00 

192 52 

Brown, Charles E. 

groceries from Mrs. E. C. Stickney . 10 11 

Carroll, M. P., overseer 1 year, chairman 100 00 

travelling expenses 8 50 

108 50 

Curtis, T. B. P., overseer 1 year .... 60 00 

travelling expenses 75 

60 75 

Crowell, J. F., overseer 1 year 60 00 

sundries 7 25 

67 25 

Emerson, Mary 

State Alms House, board 109 20 

Evans & Cole, use of team • 4 00 

Giles, Susan 

groceries from J. L. Caverly . . . • 52 00 
fuel from B. O. Honors & Son . . . 24 91 

76 91 

Harding, Albert W., 

State Farm Board 109 20 



AmouJit carried forivard^ 



$973 22 



1898] AUDITORS' REPORT. 175 



POOR DEPARTMENT. 

Amount brought forward^ $973 • 22 

Ilatcli, Maria 

State Alms House, board 109 20 

Haven &> McGovern, burying infant found 

on King's beach 5 00 

Kendrick, L. E., stamps and stationery . I 04 

Secretary overseers 25 00 

26 04 

Kennedy, Annie 

footwear from 31ilton D. Porter . . 9 40 

clothing from Geo. T. Till 6 54 

footwear from Stephen Smart ... 2 50 

groceries from S. J. Pettingell ... 118 00 
fuel from B. O. Honors & Son . . 18 31 

aid from City of Cambridge .... 24 68 

179 43 

Kenney, Ellen 

Danvers Lunatic Hospital, board . . 169 48 

Kenney, Kate 

Danvers Lunatic Hospital, board . . 29 25 

IMedfield Insane Asylum, board . . . 120 80 

150 05 

Lyons, Dennis Jr., 

clothing from Geo. T. Till 26 88 

footwear from Milton D. Porter . . 2 60 

29 48 

Martin, Gratin 

groceries from Shattuck & Delano . 96 93 

fuel from B. O. Honors & Son . . 23 00 

119 93 

Martin, William 

Danvers Lunatic Hospital, board . . 83 11 

Medfield Insane Asylum, board ... 74 40 

157 51 

Amount carried forward^ $1,919 34 



1 76 TOWN DOCUMENTS. [Feb. 28 



POOR DEPARTMENT. 

Amount brought forward, $1,919 34 

Mason, Jesse 

groceries from Alex. Colclough . . 3 90 

groceries from A. L. Pierce 1 91 

fuel from B. O. Honors &> Son .... 4 50 

10 31 

Myers, Sarah 

Catherine Morrow, rent 45 00 

James Harvey, rent 15 00 

aid rendered City of Lynn 2 00 

62 00 

MoMahon, John 

paid S. J. Ryan for burial expenses . 16 00 

Nisbet, Mary Ann 

clothing from G. T. Till 4 75 

footwear from M. D. Porter . . . 2 45 

7 20 

Pedrick, Benjamin F. 

Dan vers Lunatic Hospital, board . . 169 47 

Reed, Mary 

groceries from Shattuck & Delano 10 93 

fuel from B. O. Honors & Son . . . 3 50 

14 43 

Rich, Nathaniel 

paid Park Commissioners, rent in fish 

building 5 40 

groceries from Shattuck & Delano . 58 16 

groceries from S. J. Pettingell ... 818 
fuel from B. O. Honors & Son ... 7 28 

79 02 

Richardson, Willie 

paid A. G. Stone, board 8 00 



Amount carried forzvard^ 



$2,285 77 



1898] 



AUDITORS' REPORT. 



177 



POOR DEPARTMENT. 



Amount brought forward^ $2, '2 8 5 77 

Roderick, Mrs. Charles T. 

paid D. H. Millett, trustee, rent . . 15 00 

groceries from Shattuck & Delano . 18 88 

fuel from B. O. Honors & Son . . . 6 50 

40 38 

Russell, Sarah P. 

Danvers Lunatic Hospital, board . . 169 45 

Ryan, Mrs. Patrick H. ' 

paid H. B. Libby, rent ...... 60 00 

groceries from A. L. Pierce .... 76 52 

groceries from F. A. Tisdale & Co. . 2 63 

fuel from B. O. Honors & Son ... 13 95 

153 10 

Thomas, Mrs. B. B. 

paid G. T. Till, rent 84 00 

Tufts, Mrs. Annie 

groceries from F. A. Tisdale & Co. . 2 84 

fuel from B. O. Honors & Son ... 4 18 

A. Frost Hunt, M. D., medical services 1 00 

8 02 

Tramp 

A. Frost Hunt, M. D., medical services 1 00 

Vaile, Henry E. 

fuel from B. O. Honors & Son . . . 3 00 

groceries from S. J. Pettingell ... 8 00 

11 00 

Welch, Margaret - 

Danvers Lunatic Hospital, board . . 169 45 



$2,922 17 



REIMBUKSEMENTS. 

Mass., State of, acc't G. H. Kimball ... $14 63 

Mass., State of, acc't Annie Wills .... 32 00 

Peabody, Town of, acc't Jesse Mason . . 17 71 



164 34 



1 78 



TOWN DOCUMENTS. 



[Feb. 28 



POOR DEPARTMENT. 



DUE FROM 




1896-7. 




Mass., State of, acc't Issac C. Adams . . 


$ 7 53 


1897-8. 




Lynn, City of, acc't C. E. Brown . . . 


10 11 


Lynn, City of, acc't Mary Reed 


14 43 


Newburyport, City of, acc't Annie Tufts . 


8 02 


Mass., State of, acc't infant 


5 00 


Mass., State of, acc't John McMahon . . 


16 00 


Mass., State of, acc't H. E. Yaile .... 


11 00 



172 09 



Soldiers' and Sailors' Aid. 

Appropriation $500 00 

Reimbursements 224 84 

Due to Town 64 90 

Amount of expenditures 631 45 

Balance unexpended 158 29 



8789 74 
$789 74 



EXPENDITUKES. 

Carpenter, Martin 

fuel from B. O. Honors & Son . . . * $19 50 

Durgin, H. 

groceries from Shattuck & Delano . 4 14 

Gallagher, Mrs. John 

paid Owen Gaffney, rent 37 50 

paid M. Hurley, rent 36 00 

fuel from B. O. Honors & Son . . . 26 22 

paid Muir & Thing, moving .... 3 00 

102 72 



Amount carried forivard^ 



$126 36 



A. 



1898] AUDITORS' REPORT. 179 



SOLDIERS' AND SAILORS' AID. 

Amount brought forward^ |!l26 36 

Farrington, Eunice M. 

aid 24 00 

groceries from Shattuck & Delano . 6 78 

fuel from B. O. Honors & Son ... 6 63 

37 41 

Fowler, Royal 

groceries from F. A. Tisdale & Co. . 67 96 

Hicks, Geo. B. 

groceries from Shattuck &, Delano . 73 44 

Mason, Mrs. Alpheus B. 

medicine from C. P. Jeffers .... 60 

rent paid W. H. Porter 20 00 

groceries from J. L. Caverly .... 8 30 
fuel from B. O. Honors & Son . . . 5 88 
paid A. F. Hunt, M. D., medical ser- 
vices 5 00 

39 78 

Martin, Eben 

fuel from B. O. Honors & Son . . . 6 50 

footwear from Stephen Smart ... 870 

aid . . 15 00 

30 20 

Rich, R. L. 

fuel from B. O. Honors & Son ... 3 25 

paid E. A. Mower, funeral expenses . 35 00 

38 25 

Smith, Mrs. Ann 

aid 48 00 

Symonds, Martha B. 

aid 24 00 

Wolcott, Sarah 

groceries from Shattuck & Delano . 25 86 

groceries from F. A. Tisdale & Co. . 78 00 

fuel from B. O. Honors & Son . . . 32 19 

136 05 



Amou7it carried forward^ 



$621 45 



4 



1 80 TOWN DOCUMENTS. [Feb. 28 



SOLDIERS' AND SAILORS' AID. 

Amount brought for^vard, $621 45 

Wyman, Weston 

paid estate of Abbie P. Porter, house 

rent 10 00 

$631 45 

REIMBURSEMENTS. 

Beverly, City of, acc't Sarah Wolcott . . $224 84 

DUE FROM 

Beverly, City of, acc't Sarah Wolcott . . 29 90 

Mass., State of, acc't R. L. Rich .... 35 00 

$64 90 



State Aid. 

Chapter 301, Acts of 1894. 



Blaney, Elbridge G., aid 12 months . . 


72 00 


Blaney, Anna V., aid 12 months .... 


48 00 


Carpenter, Martin, aid 12 months .... 


36 00 


Chute, Isabel F., aid 12 months . . 


48 00 


Coan, Harriet, aid 12 months 


48 00 


Connor, George M., aid 12 months . . . 


36 00 


Connor, Eliza S., aid 12 months .... 


36 00 


Douglas, Rodney A., aid 12 months . . . 


48 00 


Farrington, Eunice M., aid 12 months . . 


48 00 


Fay, Wra. T., aid 12 months 


48 00 




28 00 


Flanders, Myra W., aid 12 months . . . 


48 00 


Gilley, Richard G., aid 12 months . . 


36 00 


Amount carried forward^ 


$580 00 



1898] 



AUDITORS' 



REPORT. 



181 



STATE AID. 

Amount brought forward^ |580 00 

Glass, J. W., aid 12 months 60 00 

Green, Benj. M., aid 7 months 28 00 

Green, Mehitable, aid 12 months .... 48 00 

llriley, Michael, aid 8 months 32 00 

Harris, Stephen S., aid 12 months 72 00 

Heath, Hannah M., aid 12 months .... 48 00 

Horton, George, aid 10 months 40 00 

Marsh, Edward Jr., aid 12 months . , . 72 00 

Marsh, Mary F., aid 12 months 48 00 

Milan, Bridget, aid 12 months 48 00 

Millett, Joseph A , aid 12 months .... 48 00 

Newhall, George, aid 7 months 21 00 

Pedrick, Benj. G., aid 12 months .... 48 00 

Pierce, Joseph H., aid 12 months .... 72 00 

Pierce, Sophia E., aid 12 months .... 48 00 

Smith, Charles H., aid 2 months .... 8 00 

Spinney, Geo. F., aid 12 months ... 60 00 

Stevens, Sarah A., aid 12 months . . 24 00 

Stimpson, Susan, aid 12 months .... 48 00 

Stocker, Wesley, aid 6 months 18 00 

Symonds, Martha B., aid 12 months ... 48 00 

Umber, Sarah L., aid 12 months .... 48 00 

Walcott, Sarah A., aid 12 months .... 48 00 

Wardwell, Horace W,, aid 2 months . . 8 00 

Wiley, Edwin F., aid 11 months .... 54 00 



11,677 00 



REIMBURSEMENT. 

State of Mass., aid rendered 1896 .... 11,512 00 

DUE FROM 

State of Mass., aid rendered 1,673 00 

aid rendered, Jan. and Feb., 1898 . 286 00 

$1,959 00 



182 



TOW^ DOCUMENTS. 



[Feb. 28 



nilitary Aid. 



Chapter 279, Acts of 1894. 



Blanchard, Edw. A., aid 12 months . 


$ 5 


00 






$ 60 


00 


Blaney, Chas. 0., aid 12 months . . 


10 


00 






120 


00 


Horton, Jos. A., aid 12 months . . 


8 


00 






96 00 


Marshall, Wesley, aid 2 months . . 


8 


00 


16 


00 






aid 3 months 


6 


00 


18 


00 
















34 


00 


Martin, Eben S., aid 12 months . . 


8 


00 






96 


00 


Martin, Richard, aid 2 months . . . 


8 


00 


16 


00 








4 


00 


12 


00 
















28 


00 


Newhall, Geo , aid 4 months . . . 


5 


00 






20 


00 


Pedrick, John, aid 12 months . . . 


8 


00 






96 


00 


Rich, Richard L., aid 5 months . . 


5 


00 






25 


00 


Wilkins, Geo. W., aid 7 months . . 


6 00 






42 


00 


Wyman, Weston, aid 12 months . , 


6 


00 






72 


00 



$689 00 



REIMBURSEMENT. 

State of Mass., aid rendered 1896 .... $296 50 

DUE FROM 

State of Mass., aid rendered 1897 . . . . $346 50 
Aid rendered Jan. and Feb. 1898 .... 61 00 

$407 50 



Cemetery. 

Appropriation $650 00 

Amount of expenditures $640 26 

Balance unexpended 9 74 

$650 00 



1898] AUDITORS' REPORT. 183 



CEMETERY. 

EXPENDITUKES. 

Blaney, E. G. Jr., plants $36 00 

Brown, J. S,, superintendent 2 months 58 33 

labor 17 00 

75 33 

Getchell, B. F., dressing 1 00 

Harris, Nathan JM., superintendent 10 

months 291 70 

labor 131 50 

423 20 

Hanley, James, labor 2 00 

Holden, Geo. H. & Co., supplies .... 31 78 

JMarblehead Water Co., water rates ... 10 00 

JMcDonough, Michael, 2 loads loam ... 2 00 

labor with team 3 50 

5 50 

JVlerrill, G. B. & Co., labor, changing iron 

post . . . 10 10 

Proctor, David, labor 32 00 

Spauldirig, E. G., stock and labor .... 5 85 

Spinney, J. D., labor 5 00 

Twisden, Charles H., labor 2 50 



$640 26 



KECEIPTS. 

Four lots, Nos. 253, 425, 428, 441 .... $160 00 

For debris 2 00 

$162 00 



Street Watering. 

Appropriation $2,500 00 

Receipts ... 50 00 

Due to town 15 00 

$2,565 00 



1S4 



TOWN DOCUMENTS. 



[Feb. 28 



STREET WATERING. 



Amount of expenditures 2,215 03 

Balance unexpended 349 97 

82,565 00 



EXPENDITUKES. 

Gaboon, J. E.,- labor $ 4 00 

Delory, Walter A,, stock and labor ... 8 47 

Evans & Cole, labor with sprinkler . . 532 50 

Fire Department, labor with team . . . 951 25 

Granger, S. G., labor with team .... 512 50 

Kitchin, L. A. & Co., stock and labor . . 20 00 

Marblehead Water Co., -water rates . . . 150 00 

stock and labor 20 13 

170 13 

Phil brick & Pope, stock and labor ... 16 18 



12,215 03 



KEIMBUKSEMENT. 

Lynn & Boston Railroad, contribution . $50 00 

DUE TO TOWN. 

For watering $15 00 



Future Water Supply. 

Appropriation 81,000 00 

Amount of expenditures $472 95 

Balance unexpended 527 05 

1,000 00 



1898] AUDITORS' REPORT 185 



FUTURE WATER SUPPLY. 

EXPENDITURES. 

Carpenter, Martin, distributing reports . * 3 00 

Evans & Cole, use of team 6 50 

Fowler, Royal, distributing reports ... 3 00 

Glass, Joseph W., distributing reports . . 3 00 

Hastings & Son's Publishing Co., adver- 
tising 19 20 

Kitfield, E. H., sundries 8 25 

Nichols, G. H. & A. L., printing 1,000 

reports 72 00 

Niles & Carr, legal services 350 00 

Till, Geo. T., furnishing copy of mortgage 

Marblehead Water Co 5 00 

Wiley, Edwin F., distributing reports . . 3 00 



$472 95 



186 



TOWN DOCUMENTS. 



[Feb. 28 



Interest. 



$4,251 18 



$4,251 18 



EXPENDITURES. 

1896. Interest on Notes. 

Lynn Institution for Savings. 
Mar. 10. No. 100 to 102 inclusive, at 5 per cent., 6 months. 

on $4, .500 .' .$112 .50 

April 15. No. 103, Mfrs. National Bank disc. $15,000 ... 243 00 

Lynn Institution for Savings. 
May 2. No. 34, at 4 per cent., 6 months, $3,000 .... 60 00 

State of Massachusetts. 
May 12. No. 88 to 96 inclusive, at Sj% per cent., 6 months, 

on $28,000 504 00 

June 1. No. 20, at 3i per cent., 6 months, $1,000 .... 17 50 
June 10. No. 104, Mfrs. National Bank disc. $10,000 ... 150 00 

State of Massachusetts. 
June 25. No. 76 to 83 inclusive, at 3| per cent., 6 months, on 

$8,000 150 00 

July 12. No. 69 to 75 inclusive, at 3| per cent., 6 months, 

on $31,500 590 62 

. Aug. 10. No. 105, Mfrs. National Bank disc. $5,000 ... 64 60 
Lynn Institution for Savings. 
Aug. 11. No. 54, at 4| per cent., 6 months, $2,2.50 .... 50 63 
Sept. 10. No. 100 to 102 inclusive, at 5 per cent., 6 months, 

on $4,.500 112 50 

Nov. 2. No. 34, at 4 per cent, 6 months, $3,000 60 00 

State of Massachusetts. 
Nov. 12. No. 88 to 96 inclusive, at S^^ per cent., 6 months, 

on $28,000 504 00 

Dec. 25 No. 77 to 83 inclusive, at 3| per cent., 6 months, 

on $7,000 131 25 

1898. 

Jan. 12. No. 69 to 75 inclusive, at 3| per cent., 6 months, 

on$31,.500 590 3 

$3,341 23 



RECEIPTS. 

Interest on treasurer's deposits $451 18 



1893] 



AUDITORS' REPORT. 



187 



Michael P. Carroll, Collector of Taxes, 
in Acc't Current with Town of Swampscott. 

1897. 



DR. 

To amount committed for collection, as 
per assessors' warrant : 

Town tax $55,987 21 

State tax • 3,955 00 

County tax 5,573 44 

Supplementary list G5 20 

865,580 85 

CR. 

By cash paid B. O. Honors, Treasurer . . $63,506 83 
Discount, 2 per ct. taxes paid before Oct. 2 973 56 

Abatement of assessors 1,035 66 

Due on property advertised 1896 .... 64 80 

$65,580 85 

M. P. Carroll, in Acc't with Town of Swampscott. 

1898. 

DR. 

Property advertised for sale 1896 . . . . 8143 65 
1897 taxes due on property advertised for 

sale in 1896 . . . .* 64 80 

$208 45 



188 TOWN DOCUMENTS. [Feb. 28 



Benjamin O. Honors, Treasurer, 

DR. 

To cash balance in treasury, March 1, 1897 ... $18,289 29 

Cemetery receipts 162 00 

Concrete and curbstones, reimbursements . . 387 40 

Corporation tax, received from State . . . 13,331 30 

Chemical laboratory loan (see notes) .... 2,500 00 

Fire department receipts 48 36 

Highway department receipts 6 00 

Interest on treasurer's deposits , 451 18 

Kenney, Kate, estate of, by Niles & Carr . 494 86 

Kenney, Ellen, estate of, by Niles & Carr . . 53 47 

Library, Free Public, receipts and dog tax . . 351 32 

Military aid reimbursed by State 296 50 

Milk inspector, Chas. E. Harris 12 50 

National Bank tax, received from State . . . 2,472 72 

Park receipts 387 62 

Poor department reimbursements 64 34 

Police department receipts 348 75 

Proctor lot loan (see notes) 3,000 00 

Sealer of weights and measures, B. A. Martin 

1896- 97 56 

Sealer of weights and measures, G. W. Harris 

1897- 98 29 49 

School department receipts 87 24 

Soldiers' and sailors' aid, reimbursements . . 224 84 

State aid, reimbursed by State 1,512 00 

Street crossings by B. & M. R. R 94 41 

Street watering by L. & B. R. R 50 00 

Street lights, Lvnn Gas and Elec. Co 102 62 

Temporary loans 30,000 00 

Tax collector, M. P. Carroll 63,506 83 

Taxes 1895-6 144 35 

Town hall receipts . . • 164 00 

Miscellaneous receipts : 

licenses 26 00 

J. C. Bennett, use of road roller 2 50 

reimbursement by State'for burial 

indigent soldiers and sailors . . 35 00 

63 50 



1138,637 45 



1898] 



AUDITORS' REPORT. 



189 



in Acc't Current with Town of Swampscott. 



CR. 

By County tax, 1897 $5,573 44 

Interest on notes payable . . . 3,841 23 

Account of notes paid : 

Jan. 1, 1897, culvert loan note 

No. 20 $1,000 00 

Jan. 25, 1897, Phillips school 

note No. 76 1,000 00 

Aug. 11, 1897, engine house 

note No. 54 2,250 00 

Sept. 10, 1897, King street 

note No. 100 2,000 00 

Oct. 15, 1897, temporary loan 

note 15,000 00 

Nov. 12, 1897, park loan note 

Nol 88 2,000 00 

Dec. 10, 1897, temporary loan 

note .\ . 10,000 00 

Jan. 10, 1898, temporary loan 

note 5,C00 00 

Jan. 12, 1898, Phillips school 

note No. 69 . . . 4,500 00 

42,750 00 

State tax, 1897 . 3,955 00 

Selectmen's orders, 1897-8 . 73,654 11 

Paid outstanding orders, 1896 167 54 



$129,441 32 

Balance in hands of Treasurer, 

March 1, 1898: 9,196 13 



$138,637 45 



* This includes the Park balance. 
** Certified by Cashier's certificate. 



190 



TOWN DOCUMENTS. 



[Feb. 28 



Assessors' Valuation of the Town of Swannpscott, 
May 1, 1897. 

Buildings, excluding land .... $2,254,500 00 
Land, excluding buildings .... 1,743,475 00 

Total value of real estate : $3,997,975 00 

Personal estate 1,304,163 00 

Total valuation ... $5,302,138 00 

Number of polls 945 

Tax on each poll $2 00 

Rate of taxation $12 00 on $1,000 00 

Tax on polls $1,890 00 

Tax on personal estate 15,649 95 

Tax on real estate 47,975 70 

Total tax, polls, personal, real estate $65,515 65 

State tax $3,955 00 

County tax 5,573 44 

Town tax 55,987 21 

Total tax for State, County and Town $65,515 65 

Number of residents assessed on property . 625 
Number of non-residents assessed on prop- 
erty .... 242 

Firms and corporations 36 

Number of persons assessed on property 903 
Number of persons assessed on poll tax only 512 

Total number of taxes assessed . . . 1415 

Number of dwelling houses 955 

Number acres of land 1450 

Number of horses 298 

Number of swine 100 

Number of cows 78 

Number of neat cattle, other than cows . . 1 



1898j 



AUDITORS' REPORT. 



191 



Recapitulation. 





Appropriations 
and receipts. 


Expend tures. 


Assessor's Map 


$1,600 


00 


$625 00 


Atlantic Grade . . • 


50 


00 


50 00 


Catch Basins and Gutters 


600 


00 


177 15 


Cemetery 


650 


00 


640 26 


Chemical Laboratorv 


2,500 


00 


2,500 07 


Concrete & Curbstonesr^Ss^''""' ^^rI 


887 


40 


916 85 


Engine House Repairs 


350 


00 


345 32 




250 


00 


246 37 




100 


00 


80 00 


Fire Department . . fR^PIf «2 [ 


6,085 


86 


6,341 81 


Fire Ladders 


255 


00 


252 50 


Health Department 


2,000 


00 


1,814 83 


Highway Department [tep^t^''°"" ^^'^"CCi 


5,506 


00 


5,669 63 


ITnsp TTnnsp 


250 


00 


227 16 


Humphrey Street Drain 


650 


00 


674 03 


King. St, Extension . [sal. appro., Mar. 1,1897 J 


240 


87 


83 99 


t il^rnrVT- Dpnt ("Appropriation. $45000? 
lulUiaiy l^kiyi. . . LReceiptsanddogtax, 351 325 


801 


32 


801 29 


Memorial Day 


100 


00 


100 00 


Military Aid 


296 


50 


689 00 


Monument Lot, care of 


35 


00 


36 50 


PqvI- fBal. appro., 1897, 59,86600? 
J- ^ [Receipts, 586 645 


10,452 


64 


4,626 02 


Police Department . [teSf""' ^i°48 75 S 


4,848 


75 


4,851 14 


Poor Department . [tepS"''""' ^''°64 34! 


3,064 


34 


2,922 17 


Proctor Lot 


3,000 


00 


3,000 00 


Redington Street Ledge 


550 


00 


573 77 


Ringing Bell 


25 


00 


15 00 


Amounts carried forward^ 


$45,048 68 


$38,259 86 



192 



TOWN DOCUMENTS. 



[Feb. 28 



RECAPITULATION. 





Appropriations 
and receipts. 


Expenditures. 


Amoimts brought forward^ 


$45,048 68 


$38,259 


86 


School Department . [rPp^^p^ 


16,087 24 


1 5 656 


26 


Selectmen's Department 


4,500 00 


4,652 


34 




1,000 00 


914 


82 


Soldiers' and Sailors' Aid [^^^.^2^ ^ S 


724 84 


631 


45 


Street Light . . . . fR^^^'i'"''""' ^'1o2 ?^ 1 


7,674 62 


7 816 


23 


Street Crossings . . Fr^p^Pk'^''^"' 

C |_Kei-eipts, 94 41 J 


694 41 


537 


05 


Street Numberinof 


225 00 


228 


50 


Street Watering . . [RPPerp^ts"''''"' ^''^^^ 


2,550 00 


2,215 


03 


State Aid 


1,512 00 


1,677 


00 


Town Hall Dept. . . [rSS"'""' ^S"o{ 


1,044 00 


962 


70 


Water Kates . . , . • 


750 00 


702 


09 


Water Suppl}^ Committee 


1,000 00 


472 


95 


vv eigiits 


DO UU 




50 


Whales Beach .... 


50 00 


4 


00 






$74,782 


78 


Less Fire Department Credit .... 




1,037 


50 


JNet am t or Selectmen s orders drawn 




$73,745 


28 


Less Selectmen s outstanding orders . 




91 


17 


Net am't of orders paid by Treasurer 




$73,654 


11 


County Tax (estimated) 


5,500 00 


5,573 44 


TntP7'P>it [Appropriation, $3,800 00 ( 
XllLClC&t , . . .. . . [Receipts, 451 18 > 


4,251 18 


3,341 


23 




30,000 00 


42,750 


00 


State Tax (estimated) 


4,500 00 


3,955 


00 


Outstanding orders of 1895-6 paid . 




167 


54 




Am't of appropriations and receipts . 


$127,176 97 










Net am't of Treasurer's disbursements 




$129,441 


32 



1898] 



AUDITORS' REPORT. 



193 



Statistics of the 
Town of Swampscott, 1866-1898. 



ASSESSORS' VALUATION MAY 1. 


MARCH 1. 




ReaTv 


Person a I. 


Total 


Kate 
Taxes 




Notes 


< 








< 






Estate 


Pjjopekty 


Valuation 


PER 




Payable 


1 QO'7 
low i 




!i)l,oU4,lDo 




dl' 1 O Al \ 

|)12.00 


1 QQQ 

isyo 


it "71 AAA 

^ ( 1 ,UUU. UU 


ioyo 


o,oyD,(joy 




C 1 i 1 OA \ 

0,14 i,oU4 


1 O AA 

12.00 


i&y i 


OXA AA 


1 COt^ 




1 ,444, y4 i 


0,2Ul,o4< 


12.00 


loyt) 


OA AA 

o4,0UU.UU 


1 OA/I 


o 1 n K o 
o,oiy,r)zo 


1 ,529,675 


5,14y,200 


11.00 


ibyo 


Oft Q-)0 OA 

DO, 0)o.0U 


1 o<io 
I o\)6 


o,4oy,y (0 


1,649,953 


r. AQO AOO 

o,0oy,y2b 


11.00 


1 OA 4 

iby4 


T\ ^ act iiti 
<l,lDD.DO 


18ii2 


3.271,279 


1,504,170 
1,771,373 


4,775,449 


10.00 


1893 


37,499.99 


1891 


3,122,350 


4,893,723 


10.00 


1892 


42,338.32 


1890 


3,001,550 


1,857,777 


4,859,327 


10.00 


1891 


48,666.66 


1889 


2,585,431 


1,453,301 


4,038,732 


8.40 


1890 


52,500.00 


1888 


2,465,256 


1,501,536 


3,966,792 


8.50 


1889 


56.000.00 


1887 


2,417,556 


1,28^,498 


3,706,054 


8.00 


1888 


57,500.00 


1886 


2,383,055 


1,275.405 


3,658,460 


9.50 


1887 


55,500.00 


1885 


2,365,280 


1,130,863 


3,496,143 


9.00 


1886 


47,500.00 


1884 


2,371,610 


1,135,215 
1,589,566 


3,506,825 


11.00 


1885 


49,000.00 


1883 


2,259,855 


3,849,411 


8.50 


1984 


50,500.00 


1882 


2,228,330 


1,264,938 


3,493,268 


6.00 


1883 


49.000.00 


1881 


2,121,080 


807,159 


2,928,239 


7.20 


1882 


30,500.00 


1880 


1,991,880 


1.133,247 


3,125,127 


7.00 


1881 


31,750.00 


1879 


1,930,205 


418,904 


2,349,109 


8.30 


1880 


39,424.80 


1878 


2,049,980 


384,841 


2,434,821 


8.00 


1879 


42,424.00 


1877 


2,041,935 


340,323 


2,382,258 


8.50 


1878 


42,424.80 


1876 


2,108,462 


360,961 


2,469,423 


12.00 


1877 


45,524.80 


1875 


2,074,850 


389,441 


2,464,291 


10.00 


1876 


50,224.80 


1874 


2,028,875 


457,260 


2,486,135 


11.00 


1875 


51,432.80 


1873 


1,949,225 


460,867 


2,410,792 


12.00 


1874 


50,342.80 


1872 


1,854,750 


578,000 


2,432,750 


9.50 


1873 


47,068.00 


1871 


1,598,800 


504,073 


2,102,873 


9.50 


1872 


43,150.00 


1870 


1,334,570 


508,564 


1,843,134 


10.00 


1871 


38,745.00 


1869 


1,244,120 


313,711 


1,557,834 


11.20 


1870 


31,545.00 


1868 


1,141,020 


347,173 


1,488,193 


11.50 


1869 


33,745.00 


1867 


1,124,670 


268,675 


1,393,345 


13.50 


1868 


37,745.00 


1866 


972,120 


249,289 


1,221,409 


12.00 


1867 


31.945.00 



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Notes Payable. 



Date of Note. 


No. 


To whom pajable. 


Amount. 


Class 


Time. 


Rate 


When payable. 


May 2, '88 


34 


Lynn Ins't Sav'^s 


3,000 00 


C 


10 yrs. 


% 
4 


May 2, 1898 


Jan. 12, '94 


70 


State of Mass. 


4,500 00 


A 


5 yrs. 


3f 


Jan. 12,1899 


Jan. 12, '94 


71 


State of Mass. 


4,500 00 




6 yrs. 


^4 


Jan. 12,1900 


Jan. 12, '94 


72 


State of Mass. 


4,500 00 


A 


7 yrs. 


31 


Jan. 12, 1901 


Jan. 12, '94 


73 


State of Mass. 


4,500 00 


A 


8 yrs. 




Jan. 12, 1902 


Jan. 12, '94 


74 


State of Mass. 


4,500 00 


A 


9 yrs. 


3f 


JaQ, 12, 1903 


Jan. 12, '94 


75 


State of Mass. 


4,500 00 


A 


10 yrs. 


3| 


Jan. 12, 1904 


June 25, '94 


77 


State of Mass. 


1,000 00 


A 


4 yrs. 


3i 
3f 


June 25, 1898 


June 25, '94 


78 


State of Mass. 


1,000 00 


A 


5 yrs. 


June 25, 1899 


June 25, '94 


79 


State of Mass. 


1,000 00 


A 


6 yrs. 


31 


June 25, 1900 


June 25, '94 


80 


State of Mass. 


1,000 00 


A 


7 yrs. 


31 


June 25, 1901 


June 25, '94 


81 


State of Mass. 


1,000 00 


A 


8 yrs. 


31 


June 25, 1902 


June 25, '94 


82 


State of Mass. 


1,000 00 


A 


9 yrs.. 


3f 


June 25,1903 


June 25, '94 


83 


State of Mass. 


1,000 00 


A 


10 yrs. 


3f 


June 25, 1904 


Nov. 12, '95 


89 


State of Mass. 


2,000 00 


B 


3 yrs. 


1 


Nov. 12,1898 


Nov. 12, '95 


90 


State of Mass. 


2,000 00 


B 


4 yrs. 


Nov. 12, 1899 


Nov. 12, '95 


91 


State of Mass. 


2,000 00 


B 


5 yrs. 


1 


Nov. 12, 1900 


Nov. 12, '95 


92 


State of Mass. 


4,000 00 


B 


6 yrs. 




Nov. 12, 1901 


Nov. 12, '95 


93 


State of Mass. 


4,000 00 


B 


7 yrs. 




Nov. 12, 1902 
Nov. 12, 1903 


Nov. 12, '95 


94 


State of Mass. 


4,000 00 


B 


8 yrs. 


1 


Nov. 12, '95 


95 


State of Mass. 


4,000 00 


B 


9 yrs. 


J 


Nov. 12, 1904 


Nov. 12, '95 


96 


State of Mass. 


4,000 00 


B 


10 yrs. 


Nov. 12, 1905 


Sept. 10, '96 


101 


Lynn Ins't Sav'gs 
Lynn Ins't Sav'gs 


1,500 00 


D 


2 yrs. 


5 


Sept. 10, 1>9S 


Sept. 10, '96 


102 


1,000 00 


D 


3 yrs. 


5 


Sept. 10, 1899 


July 30, '97 


105 


Lynn Ins't Sav'gs 
Lynn Ins't Sav'gs 


3,000 00 


E 


10 yrs. 


31 


July 30, 1907 


Sept. 24, '97 


106 


2,500 00 1 


F 1 


8 yrs. 


4 


Sept. 24, 1905 



Total, $71,000 00 



A, Phillips' School Loan. 

B, Park Loan. 

C, Monument Loan. 



D, King Street Loan. 

E, Proctor Lot. 

F, Chemical Laboratory. 



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Financial Standing of the Town of Swampscott, 
March 1, 1898. 

RESOURCES. 

Cash in hands of Treasurer $9,196 13 

Due from Concrete and Curbstones 27 32 

Poor Department 72 09 

Soldiers' and Sailors' Aid 64 90 

State Aid 1,959 00 

Military Aid 407 50 

" Street Watering 15 00 

" Taxes on advertised property . . . . 208 45 

Schedule of Public Property 184,734 00 

$196,684 39 



LIABILITIES. 

Notes Payable f 180S Monument Loan .... $3,000 GO 

J 1898 Phillips School Loan . . . 1,000 «J0 

1 189S Park Loan 2,000 00 

" 1 1898 Kino; Street Loan .... ijoOO CO 7,500 00 

( 1S99 PhilliDS School Loan . . 5,500 00 

MS99 Park Loan 2,000 00 

( 1899 Kuv^ Street Loan .... 1,(X)0 00 8,500 00 

\ 1900 Phillips School Loan . . .5,50(J 00 

\ 1900 Park Loan ...... 2,C»00 00 7,500 00 

" " j 1901 Phillips School Loan . . . 5,500 00 

" " I 1901 Park Loan 4,000 00 9,500 00 

j 1902 Phillips School Loan . . 5,500 CO 

" 119 2 Park Loan 4,000 00 9,500 00 

" " j 1903 Phillips School Loan . . 5,500 00 

" " 1 1903 Park Loan 4,000 00 9,500 00 

j 1904 Phillips School Loan . . . 5.500 00 

" \ 1904 Park Loan 4,000 00 9,500 00 

" j 1905 Park Loan 4,000 00 

" " I 1905 Chemical Laboratory . . 2,.50O 00 6,500 00 

" " 1907 Proctor Lot 3,000 00 3,000 00 



$71, 000 00 



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[Feb. 28 



Auditors' Remarks. 



To the Citizens of Swampscott: 

We herewith present for your consideration the forty- 
sixth Annual Report of the Town, for the fiscal year ending 
February 28, 1898. 

The accounts of • the several departments have been care 
fully examined and found to be correct and proper vouchers on 
file for payments made. 

The Treasurer's accounts have been audited quarterly and 
we have on file bank cashiers' certificates of deposits from 
National Security Bank, Lynn, and Manufacturers' Nationa 
Bank, Boston, for balance of each quarter's auditing. 

The items of receipts can be found by referring to the differ 
ent departments as they appear in the Treasurer's account. 



Respectfully submitted. 




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197 



Town Warrant, 1898. 



ESSEX, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the Town of Swampscott^ i7i 
said County^ Greeting : 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are 
directed to notify the inhabitants of the Town of Swampscott 
qualified to vote in elections, and in Town affairs, to meet at the 
Town Hall in said Swampscott, on Monday, the Twenty-first day 
of March, current, at Six o'clock in the forenoon, then and there 
to act on the following Articles, viz : 

Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside in said meet- 
ing. 

Art. 2. To choose a Town Clerk for one (1) year. 

To choose a Board of Selectmen for the year en- 
suing. 

To choose one member of the Board of Assessors 
for three (3) years. 

To choose a Town Treasurer for one (1) year. 

To choose a Collector of Taxes for the year en- 
suing. 

To choose one member of the School Committee 
for three (3) years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Trustees 
of the Public Library for three (3) years. 



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TOWN DOCUMENTS. 



[Feb. 28 



To choose a Board of Auditors for the year ensuing. 

To choose one Overseer of the Poor for three (3) 
years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Health for 
three (3) years. 

To choose a Surveyor of Highways for the year 
ensuing. 

To choose three Constables for the year ensuing. 

To choose a Park Commissioner for three (3) years. 

All to be chosen on one ballot. 

Art. 3. To vote by ballot " Yes " or " No" upon the ques- 
tion : Shall licenses be granted for the sale of Intoxicating Liquors 
in this Town ? 

Art. 4. To hear and act upon the reports of the Auditing 
Committee, the Board of Selectmen, the School Committee, the 
Board of Trustees of the Public Library, the Engineers of the 
Pire Department, the Superintendent of the Cemetery, the Board 
of Health, the Chief of Police, the Milk Inspector, the Commit- 
tee on Street Lights, the Committee on Future Water Supply, 
the Committee on Assessors' Plans, the Committee on Cemetery 
Improvement, the Surveyor of Highways, the Inspector of Cattle, 
Provisions, etc^, the Committee on Sewerage, and the Park Com- 
missioners. 

Art. 5. To raise such sums of money as may be necessary 
to defray Town charges for the ensuing year and make appropri- 
ations therefor. 

Art. 6. To see if the Town will accept the list of names for 
Jurors as prepared and posted by the Selectmen. 

Art. 7. To see what amount of bonds will be required of 
the Town Treasurer for the current year. 

Art. 8, To see if the Town will authorize the Treasurer, 
with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to borrow money 
in anticipation of taxes. 



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199 



Aet. 9. To see what amount of bonds will be required of 
the Collector of Taxes for the year ensuing. 

Aet. 10. To see what action the Town will take in regard 
to the collection of taxes, and what rate of discount if any, will 
be allowed for prompt payment on or before a certain date. 

Art. 11. To see if the Town will appropriate the sum of 
one hundred and twenty-five (1125) dollars, to be placed in the 
hands of James L. Bates Post 118, G. A. R., towards defraying 
the expenses of IVIemorial Day. 

Art. 12. To hear and act upon the report of the committee 
on future water supply. To see if the Town will purchase all 
the property, privileges and franchise of the Marblehead Water 
Company, and pay therefor the sum of ninety-four thousand 
($94,000.00) dollars, according to the proposal of said Company 
to sell to said Town, and to act upon any other matter requisite 
to enable the Town to acquire said property. To see if the Town 
will appropriate ninety-four thousand ($94,000.00) dollars to pay 
for the property of the Marblehead Water Company, and if so, to 
authorize the Town Treasurer to borrow said sum on the bonds 
of the Town,' to fix the time of payment of such bonds; and to 
act upon any and all other matters necessary to enable the Town 
to borrow said sum. To see if the Town will establish a Water 
Board, and if so to elect persons to constitute the same. 

Art. 13. To see if the Town will authorize the laying of an 
8 inch water pipe on Humphrey street, connecting with pipes at 
Phillips Corner, so called, and at Salem Street, and the placing of 
three hydrants thereon at such points as may be deemed expedi- 
ent and appropriate money therefor, as petitioned for. 

Art. 14. To see if the Town will appropriate a sufficient 
sum of money to place a fire alarm striker on the Hose House 
at Mountain Park and a^Dpropriate money for the same as 
petitioned for. 

Art. 15. To see if the Town will vote not to publish the 
names of those who are assisted throucjh Poor, Soldiers' and 



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[Feb. 28 



Sailors' Aid, State and Military Aid Departments, as petitioned 
for. 

Art. 16. To see what action the Town will take toward 
placing a Fire Alarm Box at the junction of Stetson and Frank- 
lin Avenues and appropriate 1150 for the same, as petitioned for. 

Art. 17. To see what action the Town will take in relation 
to building a sidewalk on Essex street, opposite the Cemetery, 
from the corner of Belmont Avenue and Essex Street to the 
estate of Martin Nies, and make an appropriation for the same, 
as petitioned for. 

* Art. 18. To see what action the Town will take in regard 
to the collection of ashes and rubbish during the ensuing year and 
appropriate money for the same as petitioned for. 

Art. 19. To see if the Town will vote to place an arc light 
at the corner of King and Greenwood Streets, opposite the Phil- 
lips School Building, as petitioned for. 

Art. 20. To see what action the Town will take in regard 
to our electric lights burning until daylight and appropriate money 
for the same as petitioned for. 

Art. 21. To see if the Town will vote to build the follow- 
ing Street Crossings and appropriate money for the same as pe- 
titioned for, viz : across Columbia Street at Maple Avenue ; across 
Claremont Terrace at Burrill Street ; across Rock Avenue at 
Burrill Street; across Danvers Street at Essex Street; across 
Burrill Street near estate of Geo. Pecker ; across Humphrey 
Street at Cliffside Avenue. 

Art. 22. To see if the Town will vote to accept Pleasant 
Street as laid out by the Selectmen and appropriate money to 
build the same as petitioned for. 

Art. 23. To see if the Town will vote to accept Norfolk 
and Middlesex Avenues as laid out by the Selectmen of 1896-7. 

Art. 24. To see if the Town will vote to accept Hampden 
and Berkshire Streets as laid out by the Selectmen, 



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201 



Art. 25. To see if the Town will vote to accept Monument 
Avenue, Elmwoocl Road, Thomas Road, Andrew and Farragut 
Roads as laid out by the Selectmen. 

Akt. 26. To see if the Town will vote to accept Crescent 
and Elliott Streets as laid out by the Selectmen and appropriate 
money to build the same as petitioned for. 

Art. 27. To see if the Town will appropriate money to im- 
prove the lot of land recently purchased adjacent to Town 
Hall. 

Art. 28. To see what action the Town will take in regard 
to laying a drain pipe from the brook on Columbia Street to Bur- 
ril), thence to Essex, thence to the culvert beyond the property 
of E. R. Colder, and appropriate money for same, as petitioned 
for. 

Art. 29. To see if the Town will vote to purchase a Chem- 
ical Fire Engine, to be stationed at Phillips Beach, and appropri- 
ate money for the same. 

Art. 30. To see if the Town will furnish a safe for the Col- 
lector of Taxes and appropriate money for the same. 

Art. 31. To decide what sum of money shall be appropri- 
ated for the administration and improvement of the Beach Res- 
ervations. 

Art. 32. To see if the Town will appropriate the sum of 
150, to be expended under direction of the Board of Health, for 
the removal of rubbish which may be washed up on Whales 
Beach, during the coming season. 

The Polls to be closed at 4.30 o'clock P. M. 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting at- 
tested copies thereof at the Town Hall, Depots, Post Offices, and 
three other public and conspicuous places in the Town, seven 
days at least before the time of holding said meeting. 

HEREOF FAIL NOT, and make due return of this Warrant, 



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TOWN DOCUMENTS. 



[Feb. 28 



with your doings thereon, to the Town Clerk, at the time and 
place of meeting as aforesaid. 

Given under our hands, this ninth day of March, in the year 
one thousand eight hundred and ninety eight. 

WILMOT R. HASTINGS, ( Selectmen 
JAMES H. MOULTON, ] of 
GEORGE T. MELZARD, ( Swampscott. 

A true copy. Attest : 

RICHARD G. GILLEY, Constable.